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SICILIAN ROMANCE. 

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ANN RADCLItFE, 

AUTHOR or TBK 

ROMANCE OF THE FOREST, 
CA5TLES. OF ATHLIN AND DUNBAYNE^ 



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THE FOURTH EDITION, 

IN TWO VOLUMES. 
VOL. II. 



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SICILIAN ROMANCE, 



CHAPTER Vir. 



rOWARBS the dofe of day Ma- 
dame de Menon arrived at a ftnall 
illage fituated among the mountaias, 
^vhere fke purpofed to pafs the night* 
The evening was remarkably ftoe, and 
the romantic beauty of the furrounding 
fcenery invited her to walL She folloWf 
ed the windings of a ftream, which was^ 
iod at fome diftance amongd luxuriant 
grov& of dhefnut. The rich colouring of 
evening glowed though the dark foli^^e, 
^\hich fpreading a.penfive gloom aropnd, 
IFered a fcene Congenial to the prefcnt 
iemper of her mind, and (he entered the 
Suides. Her thoughts,^' affe^scd by tltw 
jrrounding objects, gr^ually fupk int€> 
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a pleafing and complacent melancholy, 
and fhe was infenfibly led on. She ftill 
followed the courfe of the ftream to where 
the deep 0iades retired, and the fcene 
again opening to day, yielded to her a 
view fo various and fublime, that flie 
paufed in thrilling and delightful wonder. 
A group of wild and grotefque rocks rofe 
in a femicircular form, and their fentaftic 
jhapes exhibited Nature in her molt fub- 
lime and flriking attitudes. Here her vafl: 
magnificence elevated the mind of the 
beholder to enthufiafm. Fancy caught 
the thrilling fenfation, and at her touch 
the towering fteeps became fhaded with uxi* 
real glooms ; the caves more darkly frowned 
—-the projecting cliffs aflismed a more 
terrific afpedt, and the wild overhanging 
ihrubs waved to the gale in deeper ' 
murmurs. The fcene infpired Ma-- 
dame witfi reverential awe, and her 
thoughts involuntarily rofe, *^ from N^a*-^ 
ture up to Natur€^s God." The laft dy^ 
ing gleams of day tinted the rocks andj 
ihone vpon the waters, which retired 

through 



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through a rugged channel, and were loft 
afar among th^ receding clifls« XVhile flie 
liftened to rhdr diftant mvrmur, a voice 
of liquid and melodious fweetneis atefo 
from among the rocks ; it iung an air 
whofe melancholy ezpreffion aws^ened aS 
her attention, and capdvated her heart* 
The tones fwelled and died faintly awaf 
among the clear/ yet languifhing echoes 
which the rocks repeated with: an efied 
like that of enchantments Madame looked 
around in fearch of the fweet warbler, 
and obferved at fome diftance a peafanc 
girl feated on a fmall projeflion of the rock, 
overfhadowed by drooping fycamores. She 
moved flowly towards the fpot, which fee 
had almoft reached, when the found of her 
ileps ftartled and filenced the fyren, whp, 
on perceiving a ftrangcr, arofe in an attitude 
to depart. The voice of Madame aneftet^^*'^^^ 
her, and the approached. I^anguage cannot 
paint the fenfaiion of Madame, when, in 
the diJgurfe of a peafant girl, {he dif* ^ 
tinguifhed the features of Julia, whofe eyes ^ 
lighted up with fudden recoUeftion, and 



( 4 ) 

ti^ho funk into ber artns^ omcome wUh 
joy. When their firft emotions were fub- 
fided, and Julia had received anfwers to her 
inquiries concerning Ferdinand and Emilia, 
ihe led Madanle to the place of her con- 
cealmmt. This was a folitary cottage, in 
a clofe valley furrounded by mouniains, 
iK^hofe cliffs appeared wholly ioacceffible to 
mortal foot. The deep (blitude of the fcene 
diilipated at once Madame's wonder that 
Julia had fo long remained undifcovered, 
and excited (urprife how flie bad been able 
to explore a fpot thus deeply fequeftered ; 
but Madame ob&rved with extreme con- 
cern, that the countenance of Julia no 
longer wore the fmile of health and 
gaiety^ Her fine features had received the 
impr^effion^ not only of melancholy, but 
of griefs Madame fighed as ihe gazed, 
read UK) plainly the caufe of the change. 
Jfulia unde^rftood that figh, and anfwered it 
With her tears. She preiled the hand of 
Madam^e in mournful filence to her lips, 
and her cheeks were fuffufed with a crimfon 
glow. At length, recovering herfelf, ** I 
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h^ye rnnch^ my dear Madam, to tdl/* 
faid ihe, *^ and much to explain, ere you 
mil admit me again to that elteem of 
which I was once fo juftly proud. I had 
no refource from mifery, but in flight ; 
and of that I could not make you a con^ 
fid^nt, without meanly involving you in 
its difgrace." — " Say no more, my "love, 
on the fubjecl/' replied Madame j " with 
refpeft to myfelf, I admired your conduft, 
and felt feverely for your fituation. Rather 
let me hear by what means you eSeOtod 
your efcape, and what has iince befalkft 
you/' — Julia paufed a moment, as if to 
ilifle her rifing emotibh^ and then com^ 
menced her narrative* 

^' You are already acquainted with tlic 
fecret of that night, fo fatal to my peace* 
I recall the remembrance of it with ail 
anguilh which I cannot conceal } and why 
ihould I wiih its conceahnent^ ^ fince I 
mourn for on^ whofe noble qualitiei^ 
jufttfied' all my admiration^' and defen^ifi 
more than my feeble praife can beft^w s 
the idea of whom will be the laQ: tt^ 






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Kngcr in my mind till death Jitits : up the 
painful fcene/' Her voice tremb^, and 
fte paufed. After a few moments (be 
refumed her tale. " I will fpar^ ttiyfelf 
the pain of recurring to fcenes with which 
you are not unacquainted, and proceed 
to thofe which more immediately attraQ: 
your intereft. Caterina, my faithful fer- 
vant, you know, attended me in my con- 
finement;, to her kindnefs lowe my efcap©. 
She obtained from her \oytry. a fervanc in 
the cafll^ that aiSftance which gave m^ 
lijJMBrfy. One Bight wien Carlo, who had 
l>eea appointed my guard, was afleep, Nicola 
<:r^pt ii^o. 3m chamber, and ftole fron^ 
him the keys of my prifon. He had 
pfevioufly pfocurcd a ladder of ropes. Oh 1 
I can never forgrt my eoiotions, when ia 
the dead hour of that night, which waa 
meant to precede tlie day of my facrifice, 
1 heard the door of my prifon unlock, and 
found myfelf half at liberty I My trembling 
limbs with di^Bculty fupported me . as I 
followed Catenna to the faloon, the windows 
of which being. Low and near to the terrace, 

fuited 








To ihe- terrace we 
|*iCoIo awaited us with 
tl ^W^^^^^ ^ftie fafleiied it to the 
groundf and hating climbed to the top 
of the parapet, quickly fltded down on 
the other fide. There he held tt while 
we afcended and defcended ^ and I foon 
breathed the air of freedom again. But 
the apprehenfion of - being retaken was 
ftill too powerful to permit a full enjoy- 
ment of my efcape. It was my plan to 
proceed to the place of my faithful Ca- 
terlna's nativity, where ihe had alTured me 
1 nught find a fafe afylum in the cottage of 
her parents, from whom, as they had never 
ieen me, I might conceal my birth. This 
place, ihe faid, was entirely unknown to 
the marquis, who had hired her at Naples 
only a few months before, without any 
inquiries concerning her family. She 
had informed me that the village was 
many leagues diftant from the caftle, but 
that ihe was very well acquainted with 
the road. At the foot of the walls we 
left Nicolo, who returned to the caftle to 
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prevent fufpicion, but with an intention Co 
leave it at a lefs dangerous time, and repair 
to Farrini to his good Caterina, I parted 
from him with maiiy thanks, and gj^ve hinx 
a fmall diamond crofs, which, for that pur- 
pofe, I h^ taken from the jewels fent to me- 
for wedding ornaments*'*" 



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cHAPTfiR vnr. 

•* A BOUT a quarter of a league froia 
-^^ the walls we ftopped, - and 1 aflumed 
the habit in which you now fee me. My 
own drefs was faftened to fome iieavy 
ftones^ and Caterina threw it into the 
ilream, near the almond grove, whofe mur« 
murings you have fo often admired. The 
iatigue and hardfhip I endured in this jour- 
ney, performed almoft wholly on foot, at 
any other time would have overcome me ; 
but my mind was fo occupied by the danger 
1 was avoiding, that thefe lefTer evils were 
difregardecj. We arrived in fafety at the 
cottage wh*ich Hood at a little difliance from 
the village of Farrini^ -and were received 
by Caterina's parents with fbmefurprifc 
and more kindn^fs. I foon perceived it 
would be ufelefs, ted^ even dangerous, IQ 
attempt to preferve the character I perfo*, 
nated. In the eyes of C'alerina's mother I 
read a degree of furprife and^ admiratbn, > 
^vhich declared ihe believed me to be of fu* 

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perior rank j I,^ therefore, thought it more 
prudent to win her fidelity by entrufting 
her with my fecret, thsox by endeavouring 
to conceal it, leave it to be difcovered by 
her curiofity or difcernment* Accordingly 
I made known my quality and my diftref^^ 
and received ftrong affurances of afiiAance 
and attachment. For further fecurity, I re- 
inoved to this lequeffered fpot. The cot- 
t^age we are now in belongs to a filler of 
€aterina, upon whofe faithfulnefs I have 
been huherto fully juftified iir relying. But 
I am not even here fecure from apprehen- 
fion, fince for feveral days pad horfemen of 
a fufpicious appearance have been obferved 
near Marcy, which is only half a league^ 
from henee." ^0mJ^^ 

Here Julia cIo|ed-}lS1naFrati^, to which 
Ma4a&^ had'Hltened with a^ixture of fur«-- 
prife and pity, which haf eyes fufBciently 
difcovered. The laft/Wcijmflance of the 
narrative feriouflv/''ilarmed her. She ac- 
quainted Julia }iath the purfuit which the 
duke had uiKlertaken ; and fhe did not he* 
fitate to believe it a party of his people 

whom 



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whom Julia defcribed. Madame, therefore, 
carneftly advifed her to qvi^, her prefent 
fituation, and to accompany her in diiguife 
to th« monaftery of St. Auguftin, where fhe 
would find a fecure retreat ; becaufe, even 
if her place of refuge fhould be difcoyered, 
the fuperior authority of the church would 
protefl: her. Julia accepted the propofal 
with much joy. As it was neceffary that 
Madame fiiould fleep at the village where 
flie had left her fervants and horfes, it was 
agreed that at break of day fhe fiiould re- 
turn to the 'cottage, where Julia would 
await her. Madame took an afFe£lionate 
leave of Julia, whofe heart in fpite of rea- 
fon, funk when fhe faw her' depart, though 
but for the neceffary interval of repofe. 

At the dawn of day Madame arofe*- 
Her fervants, who were hired for the jour- 
ney, were ftrangers to Julia, from them^ 
therefore, (he had nothing to apprehend. 
She reached the cottage before fun-rife, 
having left the people at fome little dif- ' 
tance. Her heart foreboded evil, when on 
knocking at the door, no anfwer was re* 

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tumecj. She knocked again, and ftill all 
was filent. Through the cafemeitt (he 
could difcdver no objeft, amidft the grey 
obfcurity of the dawn. She now opened 
the door, and to her inexpreflible furprife 
and diftrefs, found the cottage empty. She 
proceeded to a fmall inner room, where lay 
a part of Julia's apparel. The bed had no 
appearance of having been flept in, and eve- 
ry moment ferved to heighten and confirm 
her apprehenfions. While fhe purfued the 
fearch, fhe fuddenly heard the trampling of 
feet at the cottage door, and prefently after 
.fome people entered. Her fears for Julia 
now yielded to thofe for her own fafety, 
and fhe was undetermined whether to dif- 
cover herfelf, or remain in her prefent fitu- 
ation, when fhe was relieved from her irre- 
folution by the appearance of Julia. 

On the return of the good woman who 
Jiad accompanied Madame to the village on 
the' preceding night, Julia went to the cot- 
tage at Farrini. Her grateful heart would 
not fuffer her to depart without taking leave 
€f her faithful friends, thanking them for 

their 



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their kindnefs, and informing them of her 
future profpefts. They had prevailed upoa 
her to fpend the few intervening hours ac 
their cot, whence (he had juft rifen to meet 
Madame. 

They now haftened to the fpot where the 
horfes were ftationed, and commenced their 
journey. For fome leagues they travelled 
in filence and thought, over a wild and pic- 
turefque country. The landfcape was tint- 
ed with rich and variegated hues ; and the 
autumnal lights which ftreamed upon the 
hills produced a fpicited and beautiful effeSt 
upon the fcencry. All the glories of the 
vintage rofe to their view : the purple grapes 
nufhed through the dark green of the fur- 
rounding foliage, and the profpedl glowed 
with luxuriance. 

They now defcended into a deep valley, 
which appeared more like a fcene of airy 
enchantment than reality. Along the bot- 
tom flowed a clear majeftic dream, whofe 
banks were adorned with thick groves of 
orange and citron trees. Julia furveyed the 
fcene iu filent complacency, but her eye 

quickly 



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quickly caoght an obje£l which changed 
ivith inftantaneous (hock the tone of her 
feelings. She obferved a party of horfemea 
winding down the fide of a hill behind her-- 
Their uncommon (peed aliarmed her, and 
flie puflied her horfe into a gallop. On 
looking back Madame de Menon clearly 
perceived they were in purfuit. Soon after 
the men fuddenly appeared from behind, a 
dark grove within a finall diftance of them ; 
and upon their nearer approach, Julia, over- 
come with fatigue and fear, funk breathlefs 
from her horfe. She was faved from the 
* ground by one of the purfuers, who caught 
her in his arms. Madame, with the reft of 
the party, were quickly overtaken ; and as 
foon as Julia revived, they were bound, and 
re*condu6led to the hill from whence they 
had defcended. Imagination only can paint 
the anguifli of Julia's mind, when Ihe faw 
herfelf thus delivered up to the power of 
her enemy. Madame, in the furrounding 
troop, difcovered none of the marquis's 
people, and they were therefore evidently in 
the hands of the duke. After travelling for 

fome 






fbme hours, they quitted the main roacfy 
and turned into a narrow winding dell, 
overihadowed by high trees, which almoft 
excluded the light. The gloom of the 
place infpired terrific images. Julia trem* 
bled as (he entered ; and her eoiotion was 
heightened, when (he perceived at fome dif- 
tance, through the long perfpe£tive of the 
tree^, a large ruinous manfion. The gjbom 
of the furrounding ihades partly concealed 
it from her view j but, as (he drew near, 
each forlorn and decaying feature of the fa- 
bric was gradually difclofed, and ftruck 
upon her heart a horror fuch as flie bad ne- 
ver before experienced. The broken battle- 
ments, enwreathed with ivy, proclaimed the 
falling grandeur of the place, while the (bat- 
tered vacant window frames exhibited its 
defolation, and the high grafs that overgrew 
the threfhold feemed to fay how long it was 
iince mortal foot had entered. The place 
appeared fit only for the purpofes of vio- 
lence and deftrudtion : and the unfortunate 
captives, when they ftopped at its gates^ 
felt the full force of its horron. 

■ They 



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They were taken from their horfe^^ 
and conveyed to an ihterior part of the 
building, which, if it had once been a 
chamber, no longer defcrved the name. 
Here the guard faid they were direfted 
to detain them till the arrivarl of their lord, 
who had appointed this the place of rendez- 
vous. He was expe£ted to meet -them in a 
few hours, and thefe were hours of in- 
defcribable torture to Julia and Madame. 
Pronxthe furious paifions of the duke, ex- 
afperated by frequent difappointment, Julik 
had every evil to apprehend ; and the lone- 
liiiefs of the fpot he had chofen, enabled 
him to perpetrate any defigns, hotv'ever vio- 
lent. For the firft time, (he repented that 
fte had left her father's houfe. Madame 
wept over her, but comfort flie had none 
to give. The day clofed — the duke did 
not appear, and the-f^te of Julia yet hang , 
irf perilous uncertainty, A\ length, from 
a window of the apartment fhe was in, (he 
diftinguilhed a glimmering of torches among 
the trees, and prefently after the clattering 
of hoofs convinced her the duke was ap* 

proaching* 



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]>roaching» Her heart funk at the found } 

and throwing her arms round Madanie^$ 

neck, fhe refigned herfelf to defpair. ^e 

uras foon roufed by fome men^ who came 

to ^mlbunce the arrival of their lord. In 

a few moments the place, which had lately 

been fo > filent, echoed with tumult ; and a 

fudden blaze of light illumining the fabric, 

lerved to exhibit more forcibly its (triking 

horrors. Julia ran to the window ; and 

in a fort of court below, perceived a group 

of men difmounting from then* horfes. The 

' torches ihed a partial light ; and while ihe 

anxioufly looked round for the perfon of 

she duke, the jvhole party entered the man« 

lion. She lidened to a confufed uproar of 

voices, which founded from the room be* 

neath, and £[x>n after it funk into* a low 

murmur, as if fome matter of importance 

was in agitation^ For fome moments (he 

^^jf^t in lingering terror, when flie heard foot- 

fteps advancing towards the chamber, and 

a fudden gleam of torch-light flafted upon 

the walU. " Wretched girl ! 1 have at lafl 

fecured you i*' faid a cavalier, who now eijri' 



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tered the room* He flopped as he pei:^ 
ceived Julia } and turning to the men x\fha 
flood without, " Are thefe/' faid he, " the 
fugitives you have token ?*^— ^* Yes, my 
lord,*'—** Then you have deceived your- 
felves, and milled me ; this is not my 
daughter." Thcfe words ftruck the fudden 
light of truth and joy upon the heart of 
Julia, whom terror had before rendered aU ' 
jnofl Ufelefe ; smd who had not perceived 
that the perfbn entering was ft ft ranger* 
Madame now ftepped fonirard, and an ex>> 
planatioa enfued, when it appeared that the 
ilranger was the marquis Murani, the father 
of the fair fttgitive whom the duke had b&* 
fore miftaken for Julia. , , ' 

The appearance and the evident flight of 
Julia had deceived the banditti liibploye^ 
by this noblemanv into a belief that &e was 
the objeft of their fearch, and had occft* 
fioned her this unneceffary diftrefs. BjA4r^ 
i|ie joy fhe now felt on finding herfelf thus 
^tiexpeftedly at liberty, furpafled, if pof* 
fible, her preceding terrors. The marquis 
l^ade Madame and Julia all the reparatioa 



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in his power, by oSering immediately to 
reco&du& them to the main road, and to 
guard them to fome place of fafety for the 
night. This offer w^ eagerly and thank- 
fully acc^ted ; and though faint from dif- 
trefs, fatigue, and want of fuftenance, they 
joyfully remounted their horfes, and by 
torch-light quitted the manrK>n. After fome 
hours travelling they arrived at a fmall town> 
where they procured the accommodation fa 
neceffary to their fupport and repofe. Here 
their guides quitted them to continue theie 
fearch. ^ 

They arofe with the dawn, and continued 
their journey, continually terrified with the 
apprehenlion of encountering the duke's 
people. At noon they arrived at Azulia, 
from whence the monaftery, or abbey of 
St. Auguilin, ^as diftant only a &w miles. 
Madame wrote to the Padre Abate ^ to whom 
flie was fomewhat related, and foon aftejf 
received an anfwer very favourable to \^, 
v/iQies. The fame evening they repaired iff- 
the abbey j where Julia^ once more reliev- 
ed from tl^ fear of purfuit, of^red up a 

prayec 







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prayer of gratitude to heaven, and endea« 
Toured to calm her forrows by devotion. 
She was received by the abbot with a fort 
of paternal afFeftiojijf and by the nuns with 
officious kindnefe* Comforted by thefe cir«- 
cumftances, and by the tranquil appeacance^ 
of every thing around her, Ihe retired to 
reft, and paiTed the night in peaceful flam-* 
bers. 

In her prefent fituation (he found much * 
novelty to amufe, and much ferious matter 
to inte'refi: her mind. Entendered by diC- 
trefs, ihe eafily yielded to thepenfive man* 
ners of her' companions, and to the ferene 
uniformity of a monadic life* She loved 
to wander through the lonely cloifters, and^ 
high-arched aifies, whofe long perfpedives 
retired in fimple grandeur, diffufing a holy 
calm around^ She found much pleafure ia 
the converfation of the nuns, many of 
whom were uncommonly amiable, and the 
dignified fweetnefs of whofe manners form*- 
ed a charm irrefiftibly attraSive. The foft 
melancholy imprefled upon their counte- 
nances pourtray^ the fituation of their 

minds;^ 



< " ) 

imads^ and excited in Julia a very mtered- 
ing mixture of pity and efteera. The af- 
{eGti^j/ffit appellation of fider, and all that 
endearing tendernefs "^Aich they fo well 
know how to difplay, and of which they fo 
well underfland the effeft, they beftowed 
on Julia, in the hope of winning her to be- 
come one of their order. 

Soothed by the prcfence of Madame, the 
afliduity of the nuns, and by the ftillnefs 
and fandity of the place, her mind gra* 
dually recovered a degree of complacency 
to which it had long been a ftranger* Bu( 
notwithflanding all hei* efforts, the idea of 
Hippolltus would at intervals return upon 
her memory with a force that at once fub- 
dued her fordtude, and funk her in a tern*. 
porary defpair* 

Among the holy fifters, Julia diftinguifhed 
one, the fingular fervour of whofe devotion, 
and the penfive air of whofe countenance, 
fl^tened by the languor of illnefs, attrafled 
her curiolity, and excited a ftrong degree 
of pity. The nun, by a fort of fympathy^ 
feexne4 particularly inclined towards Julia^ 



f?'' 



\vhich flie difcovered by mnumeriMe a£ls 
of kindnefs, fuch as the heart can qoickly 
underftand and a!c||nowIedge, althdl|||||| de- 
fcriptxon can nevithr reach tbem* In con* 
Verfation with her Julia end-eavoured, as 
far as delicacy would permit, to prompt 
an explanation of that more than comtnoit: 
dejeftion which ihaded thofe features, where 
beauty, touched by refignation and fublimed 
by religion, fbone forth with mild and lam- 
bent luftre. 

The duke de Luovo, after having been 
detained for fome weeks by the fever, which 
his wounds had produced, and his irritated 
paffions had much prolonged, arrived at the 
caftle of Mazzini. 

When the marquis faw him return, and 
recoUefted the futility of thofe exertions, 
Ixf which he had boaftingly promifed to 
recover Julia, the violence of his nature 
fpurned the difguife of art, and burft forth 
in contemptuous impreachraent of the valour 
and difcemment of the duke, who foon 
retorted with equal fury. The confequence 
might have been fatal, had not the ani« 

bitiou 



C '3 ) 

Utioa of the marquis fubdued the Aid- 

dea irritation of his inferior pafTions, and 

["often the fereriiy of his 

bfequent conceflions. The 

>n for Julians heightened 

rhich oppofed it> admitted 

as in oth^r ctrcumflances 

he wonldhave rejected; and thus each, con-' 

quered by the predominant paflion of the 

foment, fubcoitted to be the flave of his 

adverfiry. 

EmHia was at length releafed from ths 
confinement flie had fo unjuftly fuffered. 
She had now the ufe of her old apartments, 
where, foUtary and dejeded, her hours mov. 
ed heavily aIong,#embittered by inceffant 
anxiety for Julia, and by regret for the loft 
foctety of Madame. The marchionefs, 
whofe pleafure fuffered a temporary fuf- 
penfe during the prefent confufion at the 
caflle, exercifed the ill-humoured caprice, 
-which difappointment and latTitude infpired, 
upon her remaining fubjeft. Emilia was 
condemned to fufier^and to endure without 
the priyilege of complaU^ig. In review. 



< H ) 

ing the events of the lafl: few weeks, (he 
faw thofe -nod dear to her banifhed, or ioi- 
prifoned by the fecret influence of a woman, 

. every feature of whofe chara 
ly oppolite to that of the « 
flie had been appointed to fu 
The fearch after Julia lUH i 
vas ftill unfuccefsful. The aftonilhrneni of 
the marquis increafed with bis diiappoint- 
inents ; for where could Julia, i^orant of 
the countiy, and deflitute of friends, have 
poffibly found an afylum ? He fwore with 
a terrible oath to revenge on her head, 
whenever Jhe (hould be found, the trouble 

' and vexation {he now cauTed hitn. But he 
agreed with the duke |f|«relinqui(h for a 

^ while the- fearch ; till Julia, gaining con6< 

fdence from the obfervation of this circum- 
Ilance, might gradually fuppofe herfelf fe- 
. cure from moleftation, and thus be induced 
to eipergeirom concealment. 



CHAP. 



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CHAPTER IX- 




IVTEAlsPlfHlLE Julia, (heltered uirthe 
obfcure receffes pf St. Auguftin, en« 
deavQured to attain a degree of that tran* 
^uillity, which fo ftrikingly charaderized 
the fcenes around her. The abbey of St. 
Auguftii} was a large magnificent mafs o£ 
Gothic architedure, whofe gloomy battle- 
ments, and majeftic towers, arofe in proud 
fublimity from amid the darknefs of the 
furrounding ihades. It was founded in the 
twelfth century, and flood a proud monu« 
ment of monkifh fuperflition and princely 
munificence. In the times when Italy was 
agitated by internal commotions, and per- 
fecuted by foreign invaders, this edifice af- 
forded an afylum to many noble Italian emi- 
grants, who here confecrated the reft of 
their days to religion. At their death they 
enriched the monaftery with the treafurei 
which it had enabled them to fecure. 

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The view of this building revived in the 
mind of the beholder the memory of pail 
ages. The manners and charafters which 
diftinguiftied them arofe to his fancy, and 
thE{!|M^ the long lapfe of years lie difcrimi- 
natea thofe cuftoms and manners which 
formed fo ftriking a cfffitrafl: to themodes of 
his own times*. ITie rude manners, the boif- 
terous paffions, the daring ambition, and the 
grofs indulgences which formerly charac- 
terized the prieft, the nobleman, and she fove- 
reign, had now begun to yield to Iearning-7— 
the charms of refined converfation — political 
intrigue and private artifices. • Thus do the 
fcenes of life vary with the predominant paf- 
lions of mankind, and with the progrefs of 
civilization. The dark clouds of prejudice 
break away before fhe fun of fcience, and 
gradually diflblving, Jeave the brightening 
hemifphere to the influence of his beams. 
But through the prefent fcene appeared 
only a few fcattered rays, which ferved to 
ihew more forcibly the vaft and heavy maf- 
{t% that concealed the^form of truth. Here 
]^dudice;j not reafon, fufpended the influ- 

cnce 



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( «7 ) 

ence of the paffions ; and fcholaftic learn- 
ing, myfterious philoTophy, and crafty fanc^ 
tity, fiipplied the place of wlfdom, fimpli« 
city, and pure devotion. 

At the abbey^ foliiude and (tiUnefs con- 
fpired with the folemn afpeOr of the pile, ta 
imprefs the mind with religious awe. Tha 
dim glafs of the high-arched windows, (lained 
with the colouring of oionkifli fidions, and 
{haded by the thick trees that environed the 
edifice, fpread around a facred gloom, 
which infpired the beholder with congenial 
feelings. 

As- Julia mufed through the walks, and 
furveyed this vad monument of barbarousr 
fuperftition, it brought to her recollediori 
an ode which ihe often repeated with melan* 
choly pleafure, as the compofition of Hip- 
politus* 



J 



€ » SUPER* 



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fiUPERSTITIOMfe 

AN Ol>£. 

HIGH mid AlveFna*8 awful fteepc, 

Eternal (hades, and filence dwells 
Save, when the gale refounding fweep9. 

Sad ftrains are faintly beard to fvtrell : 

Enthroned aoiid the wild inspending rocks, 
Involved in clouds, and brooding future woct 

The demon Superftition Nature (hocks. 
And waves her Sceptre o*kr the world below. 

Around her throne» amid the mingling glooms, 
^ild-*-hideou8 forms are (lowly feen to glide ; 

She bids them fly to (hade earth's brighteft bloom? 
And fpread the blaft of Defolation wide. 

See 1 in the darkened air their fiery courfc ! 

The fweeping ruin fettles o'er the land, 
Terror leads on their fteps with madd'ning forctf 

And Death and Vengeance clofc the ghaftly band ! 

Mark the purple ft reams that flow ! 
Mark the deep empaffioned woe ! . 
frantic Fury's dying groan J 
Virtue's figb, and Sorrow's moan ! 

^ - »* ' Wide 



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Wide«— wide the pbaotoms fweil the loaded air 
With fhrieks of angui(h— -madnefs and defpair i 
Ceafe your ruin I fpefires dire I 

Ceaiie your wild terrific fway f 
Tarn your ftepe— *ind check your irey 
Ykld to peace the mourning day I 

She wept to the memory of times pa^ 
and there was a romantic iadnefs in. her 
feelings, luxurious and indefinable. Madame 
behaved to Julia with the tendered affedioh, 
and endeavoured to withdraw her thoughts 
frotn their mournful fubjefk, by promoting 
that tafte for literature and mufic, which 
was to fuitable to the powers of her mind» 

But an obje& ferioufly interelling now 
obtained that regard, which thofe of mere 
amufement failed to attrad:.* Her fevourite 
nun, for whom her love and efteem daify 
increafed, feemed declining under the pr^-i^ 
fure of a fecret grief. Julia was deeply af« 
felted with her fituation, and though ffae 
was not empowered to adminifter confolatioa 
tocher forrows, (he . endeavoured to miti- 
gate the fufierings of illnefs. She nurfed 
her with unremitting care, and feemed to- 
feize with avidity the temporary opportunity 

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( 3* ) 

it vas neceflary for me to affume the reiK 
Alas ! that heart was unfit to be offered at 
an heavenly fhrine, which was already de- 
voted to an earthly objeft. My affections 
had long been engaged by the younger fon 
of a neighbouring nobleman, whofe charafler 
and accomplilhments attrafted my early love, 
and confirmed my lateft efteem. Our fami- 
lies were intimate, and our youthful inter- 
courfe occafioned an attachmeut, which 
ftrengthened and expanded with our years* 
He folicited me of my father, but there ap- 
peared an infuperable barrier to our union. 
The family of my lover laboured under a 
circumflance of fimilar diftrefs with that 
my own— -it was noble— but poor 1 Mjr 
ther, who was ignorant of the ftrength eff 
my affeSion,.and who confidered a marriage^ 
formed in poverty as deftrudive to happi« 
nefs^ prohibited his fuit. 

** Touched with chagrin and difappomt- 
ment, he immediately entered into th « B |^ 
vice of his Neapolitan majefty, and fought 
in the tumultuous fccnes of glory, a refuge 
from the pangs of difappointed paflion. 

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** To mc, whofe hours moved in onf 
round of dull uniformity — ^who had no pur^ 
fuit to intereft — ^no variety to animate my 
drooping fpirits — to me the effort of forget.^ 
fulnefs was ineffedual. The loved idea of 
Angelo^ (till rofe upon my fancy, and its 
powers of captivation, heightened* by ah^ 
fence, and, perhaps, ev^n by defpair, pm- 
fued me with ioceffant grie£ I concealed 
in filence the anguiih that preyed upqn my 
heart, and refigned myfelf a willing vi£lim 
to moji^dic aufterity- But I was now 
threatened with a new evil, terrible and un- 
expected. I was fo unfortunate as to attra^ 
the admiration of the marquis MarinelK^, 
and he applied to^my father. He was il|uf« 
trious at once in birth and fortune, and|^ hiss^ 
vifits couid only be unwelcome to me*- V 
Dreadful was the moment in which my fa« . 
ther difclofed to me the propofal.- Mji dii- 
irefs, which I vainly endeavoured to eom* 
VBgiodi difcovered the exa£t fituation of m% 
h^art, and my father was aSe£ted.^ 

*^ After a long and awful paufe, he>gene*^ 
roully releafed me from my fuflferlngs, by 

c 5 leaving ; 



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leaving it to my choice to accept the mar* 
quis» or to afliime jhe veiK I fell at his 
(eet, overcome by the noble difintereilednefs 
of his coiidud, and inftantly accepted the 
latter. 

** This ; afiair removed entirely the dif- 
gnife with which I had hitherto guarded my 
heart ;— my brother— my generous brother ! 
learned the true flate of its afFeftions. He 
•faw the grief which preyed upon my health j 
he obferved it to my father, and he nobly 
-—oh, how nobly ! to reftore my Ij^ippinefs^ 
ddired to refign a part of the eftate which 
had already defcended to him in right of h| 
moflier, " 4la$ ! Hippolitus,*' continu 
CcJhielia^ deeply fighing, " thy virtues 
ferved a better fate/' 

** Hippolitus !" faid Julia, in a tremulous 
accent, *^ Hippolitus, * count dc Vereza !'* 
** the fame,*' replied ' the nan, in a tone of 
furprize. Julia was fpeechlefe ; tears, how- 
ever, came to her relief^v The aftoniAmpt 
of Cornelia for fome moments furpaOei^lx- 
preffion ; at length a gleam of recoUeftion 
crofled her mind, and flie too well unckr* 

ftocd 







C 35 ) 

ftood the fceoe before her. Julja^j a^er Xof^is 
lime revived, when Cornelia tenderly a{^ 
proaching her, " Do I then . embracer my 
fitter!'* (aid (he, " united in* ientiment, arc 
we ^Ifo united in misfiartune?" Juliaji^fwer'' 
ed with her fighs, and their tears flowed ia 
mournful fyrapaihy together* At l^jnrgtb 
Cornelia refumed her narrative, , - 

*''My father ^ruck witb tbft conduft of 
Hippolitus, paufed upon the offer. The aL 
teratlonj'n my health was too obvious tf 
efcape hii^ notice v the conflift between pri4f 
and parental tendemefs held bioi for fome 
time in Indecifion, but the latter iiiially fob? 
dued every oppofing feeling, and be yielded 
his confent to my marriage w|th Angelbw 
The fudden traniition from grief to joy wa^ 
almost too much for my feeble frame;, judge 
then what n^vA have been the eBx^Qt of .the 
dreadful reverfe, . when the xiews arjdved^ 
that Angelo had .&ll6n ia a foreign enga^- 
ment ! I^ me obliterate, if poilible. the im^ 

preffion of fenfations fo dreadful. The fuf- 

• • ■ ' * . 

ferings of my brother,., wbof(; gcnerau^ 
b€aFt could fo fiuf ly feel for another's wo^ 

e d v^ret 






< 3<f ) 

were en this txrcaiion inferior only to my 
own* 

After the firft excefs of my grief was fub- 
fided, I defired to retire from a world which 
liad tempted me only with illufive vifions of 
happineft, and to remove from thofe fcenes 
which prompted reiidlleftion, and perpetu- 
ated my diflrefs* My father applauded my 
tefolution, and I immediately was admitted 
-a noviciate into this monafteryj with the fu- 

« 

^rior of which my father had in his youth 
been acquainted. ■ ' ' ■ ' 

-' ** At the expiration of the year I receiv- 
ed the vdl. Oh I well remember wi 
what pcrfeft refignatioh, with what co 
fbrtabfe complacency I t6ok- thofe Vo 
which bound me to a life of retlitment^ 
'and religious reft. 

'**'The high importance of the moment, 
the folemnity of the ccrcmoiDi|i* the facrisd 
glooms ^which furrounded ^tne, and the 
chilling filcnce that pfevatied when- 1 nt* 
tered the irrevocable vow— all ^ conlpired 
to.imprefs my imagination, and to raife 
my views to heaven* Wheu Iltaelt at 

the 




( n > 

tlie attar, the fecred flame of pure devo* 
tion glowed m my heart, and elevated 
my foul to fubfimity. The world and all 
Its recollections faded from my mind, and 
left it to ihe influence of a ferenc and 
holy embtifiafm which no words can^ 
defcribe. w, ;. 77 / 

**'Soon after uiy noviciation, 1 had the 
misfortune to lofe my dear father. In the 
tranquillity of this monaftcry, however, in 
tt>e foothing kindnefs of my companions,, 
and in devotional exercifes, my forrows^ 
found relief, and the fling of grief was 
blunted. My repofe was of (hort continu- 
ance. A circumftance occurred that renew^ 
cd the mifery, which- can now never quit 
me but in the grave, to which I look with 
no fearful apprehenfion, but as a refugd^ 
from calatnityj, trufting that the power who 
has feen good to ai!ll£): me^ will pardon thei 
imperfednefs of my devotion, and the too 
frequent wandering of my thoughts to the 
objed once fo dear to me." 

As (he fpoke (be raifed her eyes, which 
' beamed with truth and meek afiurance, ca 

heaven |^ 



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( 38 ) 

heaven; and the fine devotional fuffufion 
of her countenance feemed to characterize 
'the beauty of an infpired faint. 

" One day, Oh! never fhall I forget it, 
I went as ufual to the confefGonal to ac- 
knowledge my jfins. I knelt before the father 
with eyes bent towards the earth, and in a 
low voice proceeded to confeft. I had but 
one crime to deplore, and that was the too 
tender . remembrance of him for whom 1 
mourned, and whofe idea impreflied upon 
my heart made it a blemiihed offering: to 

God, 

** I was interrupted in my confeffion 
by a found of deep fobs, and raifing my 
eyes. Oh God! what were my fcnfations, 
when in thie features of the holy father^ 
I difcovered Angelo! His image faded 
like a vifion from my light, and I funk 
at his feet. On recovering I found my- 
felf on my mattrafs attended by a fifter, 
who, I difcovered by her converfation, 
had no fufpicion of the occafion of my 
difor^er. Indifppfilion confined me td 
iny bed for feveral days j when I reco- 
* Tered^ 



C 39"); 

vci*ed, Ifaw Angelo no more, and could 
almoft have doubted my fenfes, and believed 
that an illufion had croffed my fight, till 
one day I found in my cell a written paper 
I difUnguifhed at the firft glance the hand- 
writing of Angelo, that well known hand 
which had fo often awakened me to other 
emotions. I trembled at the fight ; ray 
beating heart acknowledged the beloved 
characters ; a cold tremor fhook my frame, 
and half breathlefs I felizied the paper. But 
recolleftlng myfelf, I paufed— -I hefitated : 
duty at length yielded to the ftrong temp- 
tation> and I read the lines. Oh! tbofe 
lines ! prompted by defpair, and bathed in 
my tears ! every word they offered gave a 
new pang to my heart, and fwelled its 
anguifh almofl: beyond endurance. 1 learned 
that Angelo, feverely wounded in a foreign 
^gagement, had been left for dead upon 
the field ; that his life was faved by the 
humanity of a common foldier of the 
enemy, who perceiving figns of exiftence, 
conveyed him to a houfe. jftiSftance 
WHS foon. procured, but his wounds ex- 
hibited 



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fciWtod the moft alarming fymptoms* During 
feveral months he languifiied between life 
Sind death, till at length his youth and con* 
fiitution furmounted the confiid^. and he 
returned to Naples. Here he faw my 
brother, whofe diftrefs and aftdnifcment 
at beholding him^ occafioned a relation 
of pad circumftances, and of the vovfs I 
bad taken in confequence of the report of 
1)is death. It is unneceSary to mention the 
imtnediate effeft of this narratbn ; the final 
one exhibited a very (ingular proof of his 
attachment and disfpsdr ;•— he devoted him- 
felf to a monadic life, and chofe this abbey 
'for the placd of his refidenCe, becaufe it 
contained the objeft moft dear to his 
affections. His letter informed me that he 
had purpofely avoided difcovering bimfelf^ 
endeavouring to be c^itented with the op- 
portunities which occurred of filently ob- 
ferving me, till chance had occafioned the 
foregoing interview. But that .fince its 
.effects had been fo mutually painfiil, he 
woij|d -relievie me from fjie apprehenfion of 

z fihiilar diftrefs, by affui!tag. me^^ that I 

ihottld 



< 41 ) 

ftoutd fee him no more. Jle was faith- 
ful to his promife ; from that day I have 
never fcen him, and am even ignorant 
whether he yet inhabits this afylumj the 
efforts of religious fortitude, and the juft 
fear of' exciting curiofity, having withheld 
me from inquiry. But the nK)ment of our 
lafl: interview has been equaHy fatal to my^ 
peace and to my healthy arid I trufl I fliall 
ere very long be f eleafed from the agonizing 
ineflFedtual ftruggles oocafioned by the con« 
fcbufnefs of facred vows imperfeftly per- 
formed, and by earthly affe&ions not wholly 
fubdued.*^ 

Cornelia ceafed, and Julia, who had Ii& 
tened to the narrative in deep attention, at 
once admired, loved, and pitied hen A» 
the lifter of Hippolitus, her heart expanded 
towards her, and it was now inviolably at- 
tached by the fine ties' of fympathetic for- 
Tow. Similarity of fentiment and fufFering; 
united them in the firmeft bonds of friend- 
flup ; and thus from reciprocation of thought 
and feeling, flowed a pure and fweet icdnfo- 
lation. 



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' Julia loved to indulge in the mournFcrl 
pleafure .of converfing of Hippolitos, and 
Vifhtn thus engaged, the hours crept un- 
heeded by. A thoufand queftions (he 
repeated concerning him, but to thofe moft 
interefting to her, (he received no coiifola- 
tory anfwer. Gornelia, Avho had heard of 
the fatal tranfa£lion at the caflle of M^zzini^ 
deplored with, her its too certain conr&> 
quencCi 



CHAP, 






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CHAFfERX. 

TULIA accuftomed herfelf, to walk in 
the fine evenings under the (hade of the 
high trees that environed the abbey. The 
deivy coolnefs of the air refrelhed her* The 
innumerable rofeate tints which the .parting 
fun beams refieded on the rocks above, and 
the fine vermil glow diffufed over the 
romantic fcene beneath, foftly fading froiQ 
the eye, as the night-fhades fell, excited fen« 
fations of a fweet and tranquil nature, and 
foothed her into a tenaporary forgetfulnefis 
of her forrows. 

The deep folitude of the place fubdued 
her apprehenfion, and one evening (he ven- 
tured with Madame de Menon to lengthen 
her walk. They returned to the abbey with- 
out having feen a human being, eiccept a friar 
of the monaftery, who had been to a neigh- 
bouring town to order provifion. On the foU 
lowing evening they repeated their walk; 
and, engaged in converfation, rambled to 
a confiderabie diflance ficom the abbey^ 

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The diftant bell of the nionaftery foundicg 
for vefperSy reminded them of the hour^ 
and looking rounds they perceived the 
extremity of the wood. They were return- 
ing towards the abbey, when ftrnck by the 
appearance of fome majeftic columns^ which 
were diftinguifbable between the trees^ they 
paufed* Curiofity tempted thdrn to examine 
to what edifice pillars of fuch magmficc^l 
architecture could betongf m a fcene fo rude^ 
and they went on«. 

' Hiere appeared on a point of roek im« 
|>ending over ^ valley the reliques of a 
^{ace^ whofe beaafy time had impaired oxily 
to heighten its fublimity. An arch of fiiv* 
'gular magnificence nemained almoft entire, 
beyond which appeared wild clifis rethring 
in grand perfpe&ivew The fun, which was 
now fetting, threw a trembling luilre upon 
the ruins, and gave a foxifliing efie£t t(^ 
the fcen4S« They gazed in mute wonder 
upon the view \ but the faff fadings %ht, 
and the dewy chilhiefs of the ak warned 
them to retura. M Julia gaye a iaft 

look to the fcepe, fiie pereevKcd two men 

kaning 



( 45 ) 

leaning upon a part of the ndn at fome 
diftance, in earned converfation. As they 
fpoke, their looks were fo attentively bent 
on her, that fhe could hare no doubt (he 
^as the fubjeS of their difcourfe. Alarmed 
at this circumftance, Madame and Julia 
immediately retreated towards the abbey. 
They walked fwiftly thoiigk the woods, 
whofe fliades, deepened by the .gloom of 
evening, prevented their diftinguilhing whe- 
ther they were purfued. They were fut- 
prifed to obferve the diftance to which they 
had ftrayed from the monaftery, whofe 
dark towers were now * obfcurely fecn 
rifing. among the trees that clofed the 
perfpeSive. They had almoft reached the 
gates, when on looking back, they perceived 
the fame men flowly advancing, without 
any appearance of purfuit, but clearly as if 
obferving the place of their retreat. 

This incident occalionfd Julia much 
alarm. She could not but believe that 
the men whom fhe had fecn were fpigs of 
the marquis — if fo, her afylum w§s dif- 
covcred, and fhe had every thmg to ap- 

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prehend. Madame now judged it neceffary 
to the fafety of Julia, that the Abate fbould 
be informed of her ftory, and of the fanc- 
tuary fhe had fought in his monaftery, and 
alfo that he fiiould be folicited to proted 
her from parental tyranny. This was a 
hazardous, but a neceffary ftep, ta provide 
againft the certain danger which mufl enfue, 
fhould the marquis, if he demanded his 
daughter of the Abate ^ be the ifirfl; to ac- 
quaint him with her ftory. If fhc afted 
otherwife, ihe feared that the Abale^ in 
wbofe generofity (he had not confided, 
and whofef piiy {he had not folicited would, 
in the pride of his refentmcnt, deliver her 
up, and thus would ihe become a certain 
viftim to the duke de Luovo, 

Julia approved of this communication, 
though (he trembled for the event ; and re- 
quefted Madame to plead her c^ufe with 
the Abate. ^ Onl| ifae following morning, 
therefore, Madame folicited. a private au- 
diencejpf the Abate \ ihe obtained permif- 
fion ta|. fee him, and Julia in trembling 
anxiety, watched her to the doar of his 

apart- 



( 47 ) 

apaiibnent. This conference was long^ and 

every moment feemed an hour to Juliai^ 

I whp, in fearful exped:ation, awaited with 

' ComeUa the fentence which wou^d decide 

her deftiny. She was now the conflant 

companion of Cornelia, whofe declining 

health interefted her pity^ and (IreDgthened 

; her attachment. 

Meanwhile Madame developed to the 
Abate the diftrefsful fk>ry of Julia. She 
praifed her virtues, commended her accom- 
pliOiments, and deplored her fituation« She 
defcribed the charafters of the marquis and 
the duke, and concluded with pathetically 
rcprefentingi that Julia had fought in this 
monaftery, a iail'afylum from inju^ice and, 
inifery, and with iutreating that the Abate, 
would grant her his pity and proteSion. 

The Abate during this difcourfe preferved 
a fullen filence ; his eyes were bent to the, 
ground, and his afpedk was thoughtful and 
folemn. When Madame ceafed to fpeak^ 
apaufe of profound filence enfued, ^d flie 
fiit in anxious expeftation. Sh^^ endeavour- 
ed to anticipate in bis countenance the 

anfwer 






( 48 ) 

inifwer preparing, but flie derived no com- 
fcrt from thence. At length raifmg his 
head, and awakening from his deep reverie, 
he told her that her requeft required deli- 
beralion, and that the prote£Kon ihe foli- 
dted for Julia, might involve him in ferious 
confequences, fince, from a character fo de^ 
termined as the marquis's, much violence 
might reafonably be expefted. ** Should 
his daughter be refufed him," .concluded 
the Abate^ " he may even dare to violate 
the fanftuary/* 

Madame, ihocked by the ftern indifference 
of this reply, was a moment filent. The 
Abate went on. ** Whatever I (hall deter- 
mine upon, the young lady has reafon to 
rejoice that (he is admitted into this holy 
houfe ; for 1 will even now venture to affure 
her, that if the marquis fails to demand her, 
ihe fhall be permitted to remain in this 
fanftuary unmolefted. You, Madam, will 
be fenfible of this indulgence, and of the 
valfie of the facrifice I make in granting 
It ; for in thus concealing a child from 
her parent, I encourage her in difobedi* 

ence. 



( 49 ) 

cnce, aad conrequently facrifice my fetife 
of duty^ to what may be jaftiy called a 
weak humanity/^ 

Madame liftened to this pompous decla« 
mation in fileat forrow and indignation^ 
She made another effort to intereft the 
Abate in £sLvour of Julia, but he preferved^ 
his (tern inflexibility, and repeating that he 
would deliberate, upon the matter, and ac* 
quaint her with the refult^ he arofe with 
great folemnity, and quitted the room. 

She now half repented of the confidence 
ihe had rq>ofed in him, and of the pity 
ihe had folicited, (ince he difcovered a 
fnind incapable of underftanding the firft, 
and a tamper InacceiTible to the influence of 
the latter* With a| heavy heart fbe re« 
turned to Julia, who r^ad in her countenance, 
^t the moment ihe entered the room, news 
of no happy import* When Madame re- 
lated the particulars of the conference, Julia 
prefaged from it only mifery, and g^ing 
herfelf up for loft — fhe burft^iato tears* j^e 
feverely deplored the confidence ihe had 
been induced to yield; for &e nc^w faw 

voi.,11. m herfetf 



.3 



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herfelf m the powar of a man, ftem and 
unfeeling in his nature : and from whom, 
if he thought it fit to betray her, flie had 
no means of efcaping. But (he concealed 
the anguiih of her heart; and to conFole 

« 

Madame, afFe£led to hope, \ehere fhe could 
only defpain 

Several days elapfed» and no anfwer was 
returned from the Abate* Julia too well 
underftood this filence. 

One morning ComeUa entering her room 
teith a difturbed and impatient air, informed 
her that fome emiflaries from the marquis 
were then in the monaftery, having inqub 
ed at the gate for the Abate^ with whom, 
they faid, they had bufinefs of importance 
to tranfaft. The Abate had granted them 
immediate audience, and they were now in 
cTofe conference. 

At this intelligence the fpirits of Julia 
foriook her; fhe trembled, grew pale, and 



c^^-f^ ftoctt fixed 

thcMfpt 



fcarcely lefs diftrefled retained a 
prefence of mind. She underftood too 
juftly^tbe ehara^er of the Superioi^^o^oubt 

that 



$ . 



f^0UjC4^ 



( s» ) 

that he ^nrdttld hefitate in deKveriog Julia 
into the hands of the marquis^ On this 
moment, therefore, tiirned the crifis of her 
fate !-~thi8 moment Ae nught efcepe — ^thi^ 
next fhe was a prifoner. She therefore 
advifed Julia to feize the inftant, and fly 
ffom the monaftery before the conference 
was concluded^ wheji^ the gates would 
mod probably be clofed upon her, afluring 
her, at the fame time, Ihe would accompany . 
her in flight. , 

The generous xrondu^t of Madame called 
tears of gratitude into the eyes of Julia^ 
who now awoke from the ilate of ftupefac- 
tioa which diftrefs had caufed« But before 
ihe could thank her faithful friend, a nun 
entered the room with a fummons for Ma- 
dame to attend the Abate immediatelT* The 
diftrefs which this inefiage occafioned can 
22ot eafily be conceived* Madame advifed 
Julia to efcape while flie detained the Abate 
in conirei^fation, as it was not probabl^^at 
he had yet iflued orders for her detexmlA» 
Leaving her to this attempt, with an aflur- 
^ce of following her from the abbey as > 

9 1 focHd 






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( 5« ) 

foon as poflible, Madame obeyed the fum- 
mons. The coohiefs of her fortitude for- 
fook her as flie approached the Abaters 
apartment, and fhe became lefs certain as to 
the occafion of this fummons. 

The Abate was alone. His countenance 
i^as pale with anger, and he was pacing the 
room with flow but* agitated fteps^ The 
fiern authority of his look ftartlej^ Jier. 
<^ Read this letter/' faid he^^c^jSmorih 
his hand which held a lettei^jpPHrtell me 
what that mortal deferves, jgko dares infult 
cur holy order, and fet ourflrcred_^ preroga- 
five at defiance/' Madame diilmguiihed 
the hand writing of the marquis/ and the 
words of the Superior threw her into Jj^ 
utmofl: afl:onjfhment» She took the letfir 
It was dictated by that fpirit of proud vin* 
xli£tive rage, which fo ftrongly niarked the 
chara6ter of the marquis. Having difcover« 
ed the retreat of Julia, and believing the 
motii&ry afforded her a willing fan£luary 
mSa^m purfuit, he accufed the Abate of 
encouraging his child in open rebellion to 
\y^^ wilU He loaded him and his facred 

order 



( Si ) 

order with opprobrium, and threatened, tf < 
ihe was not immediately refigned to the 
emiflaries in waiting, he would m perfoii 
lead on a force which ihould compel the 
church to yield to the fuperior authority of 
the father. 

The fpirit of the J bate w?.s roufed by this 
menace ; and Julia obtained from bis pride, 
that protedion which neither his principle 
or Kis humanity would have granted. "The 
man ihall .IM#t>le,'' cried he, '^ who dares 
defy our power, or queftion our facred au- 
thority. Tb^Pady Julia is fafe. I wilLpro^ 
ted her from this proud invader of our 
rights, and teach him at leaft to venerate 
the power he cannot conquer. I have diU 
J||l^ched his. emiflaries with my anfwer/' 
Thefe words ftruck fudden joy upon the 
heart of Madame de Menon, but fhe in* 
flantly recolleded, that ere this time Julia 
had quitted the abbey, and thus the very 
precaution which was meant to enfure her 
fafety, had probably precipitatedA^ iiMCi 
the hand of her enemy, Thi#^ft[(^ht 
changed her joy into anguifh j and ihe wi$ 

D 3 Jjiin 







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( 54 ) 

hurrying from the apartment in a fort of 
wild hope^ that Julia might not yet be gone, 
when the ftem roice of the Ahate arreiled 
her. *' Js it thus/' cried he, •* that you 
receive the knowledge of our generous re- 
folution to proteft your friend ? Does fuch 
condefcendmg kindnefs merit no thanks— 
demand no gratitude ?*' Madame returned 
in an agony of fear, left one moment of de- 
lay might prove fatal to Julia, if happily 
flie had not yet quittol the monaftery. She 
was confcious of h^ deficiency in appa* 
Tent gratitude, and of the ftrange - appear* 
ance of her abrupt departure from the 
Ahate^ for which it was impoffible to apolo- 
gize, without betraying the fecret, which 
wouki kindle all hi$ rcfentment. Yet fome 
atonement his prefent anger demanded, and 
thefe cJrchmftances caufed her a very pain- 
ful embarraffment. She formed a hafty cx- 
cufe ; and expreffing her fenfe of his good- 
nefs, again attempted to retire, when the 
AbatMi^VLm^ in deep refentmeat, bis fea- 
tures miamed with pride, arofe from his 
feat, *' Stay,** faid he, " wh»ce this im- 
* • \ jj patience 




.1 

patience to fly from the prefence of a bene- 
ia&or?— -If my generolky fails to excite 
gratitude, my relentment ihall not fail to 
infpire awe. — Since the lady JuUa^is infenfi- 
ble of my conde&enfion^ (he h unworthy 
of my protedion, aiul I will refign her tp 
thb tyrant who demands her/' 

To this fpeech, in which the offended 

pride of the Abate overcoming all fenfe of 

jaftice, accufed and threatened to punifli 

Julia for the fault of her friend, Madame 

Kftened in dreadful impatience. Every word 

that detained her firuck torture to her heart ; 

but the concluding fentence occafioned new 

terror, and flie ftarted at its purpofe. She 

fell at the feet of the Abate in an agony of 

grief. " Holy father/' faid flie, " punifli not 

Julia for the offence which I only have conw 

mitted ; her heart will blefs her generous 

protedlor, and for myfelf, fuffer meto affuire 

you that I am fully fenfible of your goodncfe/* 

" If this is true/' faid the Jbate^ ^^ .arife, 

and bid the lady Julia attend me." |^ corm* 

mand increafed the confufion of ^PmN^c^ 

who had no doubt that her detetiti^B^. h^ 

D4 







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( 5« ) 

The father paufed— hia eyes ffemly fixeiE 
on Julia^ 'who, pale and tremblings could 
fcarcelf ftrpport kerfelf^ md who> had no 
power to reply. ** 1 will be merciful, and 
not juft/* refumed he,—** I will foften the 
pttnifhment yon* deferve, and wmI only de- 
liver you to your father.'* At thefe dreads 
ful words, Julia burftia^ into- teiars, funk 
at the feet of the Jbatej to whom (he raifed 
lier eyes in fupplicatmg exprefiion, but was 
unable to fpeak. He fuffered her to^re- 
taain in tfiis pofture. ^* Your duplicity,'^ 
•* flfe refumed, ** is not the lead of your 
offences, — ^Had you relied upon our gene- 
rofity for forgivenefs and protedion, an 2flr» 
dulgence might have been granted ; — but 
under the difguife of virtue you concealed 
your crimes, and your neceffities were hid 
beneath the mafk of devotion." 

Thefe faife afperfions roufed in Julia tlje 
fpirit of indignant virtue ; (he arofe from 
her kngp^with an air of dignity, ihat ftruck 
even thiUbate. " Holy father," faid (he, 
*' my heart abhors the crime you mention, 
and difclaims all inuon with it* Whatever 

are 



( 59 ) . 

are my offences, from the fm of hypocriiy 
I am at leaft free ; and you will pardon me 
if I remind you, that my confidence has 
already been fuch, as fully jullifies my claim 
to the prote&ion I folicit. When I {better- 
ed myfelf within thefe walla, it was to be 
prefumed that they would proted me from 
iojuftice ; and with what other term than 
injuftice would you. Sir, diftinguifh the 
condud of the marquis, if the fear of his 
power did not overcome the di£tates of 
truth ?" 

The Abate felt the full force of this re- 
proof; but dilUaiuing to appear fenfible to it, 
redrained his refentment. His wounded 
pride thus exafperated, and all the malig- 
nant pafEons of his nature thus called into ■ 
adioD, he was prompted to that cruel fur* 
Tender which he had never before feriou^ 
intended. The offence which Madame de . 
Menon had unintentionaUyi^venrhii haugh- 
ty fpirit urged him to retalii 
raent. He had, therefore, p 
with exciting a terror which h 
to confirm, and be refolved 
»6 



( «o ) 

foUcited for that protedion which be bad 
already determined to grant. But this re* 
proof of Julia touched him where be was. 
mofl: confcious of defefl ; and the tempera* 
rj triumph which he imagined it afforded 
her, kindled his refentment into flame* He 
mufed in his chair, in a fixed attitude.—* 
She faw in his countenance the deep workings 
of his mind — flic revolved the fete pre- 
paring for her, and flood in trembling anx- 
iety to receive her fentence. The Abate con^ 
fidered each aggravating circumftanee of 
the marquis's menace, and each fentence of 
Julia's fpeecb; and his mind experienced, 
that vice is not only inconfiftent with virtue, 
but with itfelf — for to gratify his malignity, 
fie now difcovered that it would be necef- 
fary to facrifice his pride~fince it v/ould be 
impoffible to punifh the objeft of the firft, 
without dfcliying himfclf the gratification of 
the latt'er. This refleftion fufpended his 



mind in a ilate of torture, and he fat wrapt 
in gloomy filence* 

The fpirlt which lately animated Julia, 
had vaniihed with her v^ords*-^ach moment 

4>f 



( fi« ) 

of filence increafed her apprehennoil ) the 
deep brooding of his thoughts confirmed 
her ia the apprehenfion of evil, and with 
all the artlefs eloquence of forrow» (he en- 
deavoured to foften him to pity. He liften- 
ed to her pleadings in fallen ftilkiefa. Bat 
each inftant now cooled the fervor of his re- 
fentment to /her, and increafed his defire of 
oppofing the marquis. At length the pre* 
dominant feature of his character refumed its 
original influence, and overcame the work- 
ings of fuborduiate paffion. Proud of his re- 
ligious authority, he determined never to 
yield the prerogative of the church to that of 
the father, and refolved to oppofe the«vio« 
lence of the marquis with equal force* . 

He therefore condefcended to relieve Ju- 
lia from her terrors, by aiTuring her of his 
protedJon ; but he did this in a manner fo 
ungracious, as almoft to deftroy the grad- 
tude which the promife demanded. She 
haflened with the joyful intelligence to Ma- 
dame de Menon, who wept over her te^^ 
of tbankfulnefst 

'CHAP, 



( ^ J 



CHAPTER XI. 

*^EAft a f<»tnight had elapfed xn^ichout 
producing any appearance of hoftility 
from the marquis, when one night, long 
after the hour of repofe, Julia was awaken- 
ed by the bell of the monaftery. She knew 
it was not the hour cuftomary for prayer^ 
and (he liftened to the founds, which rolled 
through the deep filence of the fabric, 
with flrong furprize and terror. Prefently 
fhe heard the doors of feveral cells creak on 
their hinges, and the found of quick foot- 
fteps in the paflfages — ^and through the cre- 
vices of her door flie diflinguifhed paifing 
lights. The whifpering noife of fteps in* 
creafed, and every perfon of the monaflery 
feemed to have awakened. Her terror 
heightened ; it occurred to her that the mar- 
quis had furrounded the abbey with his' peo- 
ple, in the defign of forcing her from her 
retreat ; and flie arofe in hafte, with an in- 
tention of going to the chamber of Ma- 
dame de Menoni when ihe beard a gentle 
. ■ ^ ' - tap 



( «3 ) 

tap at the door. Her inquiry of who was 
there, was anfwered in the voice of Ma* 
dame, and her fears Ix^re quickly diiSpated, 
£or fhe learned the bell was a fummons to 
attend a dying nan, who was going to the 
liigh altar, there to receive extreme undion. 

She quitted the chamber with Madame. 
In her way to the churchy the gleam of 
tapers on the walls, and the glimpfe which 
lier eye often caught of the friars in their 
long black habits, defcending filently 
through the narrow winding paflfages, with 
the Jblemn toll of the bell, confpired to 
kindle imagination, and to imprefs her h^rt 
with iacred awe. But the church exhibited 
a fcene of folemnity , fuch as fhe 'had never 
before witneiTed. Its gloomy aiftes'were im^ 
perfedly feen by the rays of tapers from the 
high altar, which ihed a folitary gleam over 
the remote parts of the fabric, and produced 
large mafles of light and ihade, flriking and 
fublime in their effe£k. 

While fhe gazed, fhe heard a difta^t 
chanting rife through the aifles ; the xfounds 
f welled in low murmurs on the ear^ and 



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( 64 ) 

drew nearer and nearer, till a fudden bkt^ 
• of ligTit iffued from one of the portals, and 
the proceffion entered. The organ inftant- 
ly founded a high and folemn peal, and the 
voices rifmg altogether, fwelled the facred 
ftrain. In front appeared the Padre Abate^ 
with flow and meafured fteps, bearing the 
holy crofs. Immediately followed a litter 
on which lay the dying perfon coyered with 
a white veil, borne along and furrounded 
by nuns veiled in white, each carrying in 
her hand a lighted taper. Laft came the 
friars, two and two, cloathed in black, and 
each bearing a light. 

When they reached the high altar, the 
bier was refted, and in a few moments the 
anthem ceafed. The AbaU now approach- 
ed to perform the unftion ; the veil of the 
dying nun was lifted — and Julia difcovered 
her beloved Cornelia! Her countenasce 
was already impreffed with the ^ image of 
Jdeath, but her eyes brightened with a faint 
gleam of rccoUeftion, when they fixed 
uppo^Julia, who felt a cold thrill run 
through her frame, and leaned for fupporc 



( «5 ) 

on Madame. Julia now for the firft time 
diftinguiflied the unhappy lover of Cornelia, 
on whofe features was depiftured the an- 
guiih of his heart, and who hung pale and 
filent orer the bier. The ceremony being 
finiflied, the anthem ftruck up j the bier 
was lifted, when Cornelia faintly moved her 
hand, and it was again refted upon the fteps 
of the altar. In a few minutes the mufic 
ceafed ; when lifting her heavy eyes to her 
lover, with an exprelfion of ineffable tender* 
nefs and grief, £he attempted fe fpeak, but 
the founds died on her cloiing lips* A faint 
fmile pafled over her countenance, and was 
fucceeded by a fine devotional glow ; fhe 
folded her hands upon her bofom, and with 
a look of meek refignation, raifing towards 
heaven her eyes, in which now funk the laft 
fparkles of expiring life — ^her foul departed 
in a fliort deep figh. 

Her lover, finking back, endeavoured 
to conceal his emotions, but the deep fobs 
which agitated his breaft, betrayed his 
attguijQh, and the tears of exjery fpefitator ,b^. 

dewed .V 



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( 66 ) 

dewed the facred fpot where beauty, feafc, 
and innocence expired. 

The organ now fwelled in mournful har- 
mony ; and the voices of the aflembly chan« 
/ ted in coial ft rain , ^ low and fblemn requiem 
to the fpirit of the departed. 

Madame hurried Julia, who was almoft 
as lifelefs as her departed friend, from the 
church. A death fo fudden, heightened 
the grief which feparation would other- 
wife have occalioned. It was the nature 
of Cornelia's diforder, to wear a changeful 
but flattering afped:. Though ihe had 
long been declining, her decay was fo gra- 
dual and imperceptible, as. to lull the ap- 
prehenfion of hfer friends into fecurity. It 
was otherwife with herfelf j fhe was con- 
fcious of the change, but forbore to afflift 
them with the knowledge, of the truth. 
The hour of her diffolution was fudden, 
even to herfelf ; but it was compofed, and 
even, happy. In tfce death of Cornelia, 
Julia feemed to mourn again that of Sip- 
'politus. Her deceafe appeared to diifolve 

the 



( 6/ ) 

the h& tie \i^hich cdhneded h^ with hki 
memory. 

In one of the friars of the convent, Ma- 
dame was furprized to find the father who 
had confefled the dying Vincent. His 
appearance revived the remembrance of the 
fcene (he had witnefled at the caftle of Ma2s- 
zini; and the lafl: words of Vincent, com* 
bined with the circumftances which had 
fin^ occurred, renewed all her curiofity 
and aftoniihment. But his appearance e2> 
cited mpre fenfations than thofe of wonder^ 
She dreaded, left he (hould be corrupted by 
the marquis, to whom he was known^ 
and thus be induced to ufi; his intereft 
with the Abate for the reftovation of Julia. 

From the walls of the monaftery, Julia 
now never ventured to ftray. In the gloom 
of evening (he fometimes ftole into the 
cloifters, and often lingered at the grave 
of Cornelia, where flie wept for Hippo^ 
litus, as well as for her friend. Oae even* 
ing, during vefpers, the bell of the convent 
was fuddenly rang out ; the Maie^ whole 
countenance exprelTed at once aftoniihment 



jtnd dIQ;JedSure, fufpended the fervice/and 
i|ukted the altar. The whole congregation 
repaired to the hall, where they learned 
that a friar, retiring to the convent, had 
feen a troop of armcSl men ad vancing through 
the wood ; and not doubting they were the 
people of the marquis, and were approach- 
ing with lioftile intention, had thought it 
xieceflary to give the alarm.^ The Abate af- 
cended a turret, and thence difcovfred 
through the trees a glittering of arms, and 
in the fucceeding moment a band of men 
Iffued from a, dark part of the wood, into a 
long avenue which immediately fronted the 
fpot where he ftood. The clattering of 
'hoofs was now diftindly heard ; and Julia, 
finking with terror, diftinguiflied the mar- 
quis heading the' troop, which foon after 
feparating in two divifions, furrounded the 
monaftery. The gates were immediately 
Secured; and the Abate^ defcending from 
the turret, affembled the friars in the hall, 

> where his voice was foon heard above every 
tother part of the tumult. The terror of 

-^ Julia made her utterly forgetful of the 



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( ^9 ) 

Padrt^s piromife, and (he wiihed to Jy for 
concealment to th« deep carerns belonging 
to the monaftery, which wound under the 
woods. Madame, whofe penetration far- 
niflied her with a juil knowledge of the 
AbaU^^ chara&er, founded her fecurity on 
his pride» She therefore diiTaaded Julia 
from attempting to tamper with the honef^y. 
of a fervant who had the keys of the vaults^ 
and advifed her to rely entirely on the efFed 
of the Abated refentment towards the mar- 
quis. While Madame endeavoured to 
foothe her to compofure, a melTage from the 
Abate required her immediate* ^attendance. 
Sheoheyed, and he bade her follow him to 
a room which was directly over the gates 
of the monaftery. From thence flie faw 
her father^ accompanied by the duke <je 
Luovo ; and as her fpirits died away at the 
fight, the marquis called furioufly to the 
Abate to deliver her inftantly into his hands, 
threatening, if fhe was detained, to force 
the gates of the monaftery. At this threat 
the countenance of the Abate grew ,dark :. 
and leading Julia forcibly to the window, 

from/ 



( 7° ) 

from which {he had flirunk back, ^< Im- 
pious men^cer !'* faid he, ^^ eternal ven^ 
geance be upon thee ! From this moment 
we expel thee from all the rights and com- 
munities of our church. Arrogant and 
-^ daring as you are, your threats I defy. 
Look here/' faid he, pointing to Julia, 
*• and learn that you are in my power ; for 
if you dare to violate thefe Sacred walls, I 
will proclaim alou^ in the face of day, a 
fecret which fliall make your heart's blood 
run cold J a fecret which involves your 
honour, nay your very exiftence. Now 
triumph and' exult in impious menace!'' 
The marquis ftarted involuntarily at this 
fpeech, and h^is features underwent a fudden 
change, but Ke e&deavoured to recover hira- 
felf, and to conceal his confufioxu He he- 

, fitated for a few moments, uncertain how 
to aft—- tb defift from violence was to confefs 
himfelf confcious of the threatened fecret; yet 
he dreaded to inflame the refentmeht of the 
jlbatCy "whok menaces his own heart too 

^mirely lecotided. At length — ** All that you 
liavc uttered/* faid he, " I defpife as the 

: * ^ I daftardly 



( 7« ) 

dafburdly fuhterfuge of moz^fli cunning«^ 
Tour Tiew.infults add to the defire of re« 
covering my daughter^ that of puniihing 
you. I would proceed to mftant violence^ 
but that would now be an imperfe^l revenge* 
I ihall therefore withdraw my forces, and 
appeal to a higher power. Thus ij^ll you . 
be compelled at once to reftore my daughter^ 
and retVad your fcandalous impeachment 
of my honour/' Saying this, he turned his 
horfe from the gates, and his people fol« 
lowing him, quickly withdrew, leaving the 
Abate exulting in conqueft, and Julia loft 
in aftonifliment and doubtful joy. When 
Ifae recounted to Madame the particulars of 
the conference, fhe dwelt with emphafis on 
the threats of the Abate i but Madame^ 
though her amazement was heightened 
at every word, very^well underftood how 
the fecret, whatever it was, had been 
o)}tained. The confeflbr of Vincent fhe 
had already obferved in the monaflery, 
and there was no doubt that he bad dif- 
clofed-- whatever could be coUedied from 
the dying words of Vincent* She knew 

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( 7^ ) j 

stifo, that the fecret would nerer be publiih. 
ed, unlefs as a punilhment for immediate 
violence, it being oiie of the firft principles 
of monadic duty, |to ob&rve a religioua fe* 
crecy upon all matters entrufted to them ia 
confeflion. I 

When the firft tumult of Julia's onotion 
fubfided, the joy \vhich the fudden dq>arture 
of the marquis occafioned, yielded to appre- 
henfion* He had threatened to appeal to 
a higher power, who would compel the 
Abate to furrender hen This menace ex- 
cited a jufl: terror, and there remained no 
means of avoiding the tyranny of the mar- 
' quis^ but by quitting the monaftery. She 
therefore requefted an audience of the Abater 
and having reprefented the danger of her 
prefent iltuation^ flie entreated his permif* 
fion to depart in quek of a fafer retreat. 
The AbatCy who well knew the marquis 
was wholly in hk power, fmiled at the 
repetition of his menace^ and denied her 
requeft, under pretence of his having now 
become refponfible for her to the church. 
He bade her be comforted, and piomifed 
^^ her 






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hdr his prote£tiah ; but his affarances were 
given in fp diftant smd haughty a manner, ^ j 
that Julia left him with fears, rather increafed 
than fubdued. In croiFmg th^ hall, fhe 
obferveda man haftily^nter it from an oppo- 
fite door. He was not kk the habit of the 
order, but was muffled 4ip in a cloak, and 
feemed to wi(h concealment. As (he pafied 
he raifed his head, and Julia difcoTCred-— 
her father 1 He darted at her a look of ven* 
geance } but before ihe had time even te 
^ink, as if fuddeni/ recoUeding himfelf, 
he covered his face, and ruihed by her. 
Her trembling frame could fcarcely fupport 
her to the apartment of Madame, where 
&e funk fpeechle& upd6 a chair, and the 
terror of her look alone fpoke the agony 
of her mind. When (he was fomfcwhat 
recovered ihe related what (he had feen, 
[and her converfation with the Abate. 
'ut Madame was loH: in equal perplex^ 
'fy wiih herfelf, when fhe attempted to ac- 
count for the marqui^i's appearance. Why, 
^fter his late daring menace^, (hould he come 
Jcretly to vifit the Abaie^ by whoie con-. 
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nivance alone he could have gained ad- 
iniffion to the monaftery ? And what could 
have influenced the Abate to fuch a cqn- 
dufl:?— Thefe circumftances, though equally 
inexplicable, united to confirm a fear of 
treachery and furrender. To efcape 
from the abbey was now impra£HcabIe, 
for the gates were conftantly guarded; 
and even was it poffible to pafs them, 
certain detedion awaited Julia without 
from the marquis's people, who were fta- 
tioned in the wood?. Thus encompaffed 
with danger, fhe could only await in the 
monaftery the iflue of her deftiny. 

While ihe was lamenting with Madame 
her unhappy ftate, fhe was fummoned once 
m(jre to attend the Abate. At this moment 
her ipirits entirely forfook herj thecrifis 
of her fete Teemed arrived ; for fhe did 
not doubt that the Abate intended to fur- 
render her to the marquis, with whom fhe 
fuppofed he had negotiated the tei;ms of ac- 
commodation. It was fome time before ihe 
could recover compofure fufEcient to obey 
the fummons; and when ihe did, every 

ftep 



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ftep that bore her towards the Abaters 
room, increafed her dread. She pauifed a 
moment at the door, ere fhe had courage to 
open it ; the idea of her father's immediate 
refentment arofe to her mind, and (he was 
upon the point of retreating to her chamber,, 
when a fudden (lep within, near the 4oor, 
deftroyed her hefitation, and ihe entered. 
the clofet. The marquis was not there, and 
her fpirits revived. The flufh of triumph 
was diflFufed over the features of the Abate^ 
though a fiiade of unappeafed refentment 
yet remained vifible. "Daughter/* faid 
he, *' the intelligence we have to communis 
cate may rejoice you# Your fafety now 
depends folely on yourfelf. I give your 
fate into your own hands, and its iifue be 
upon your h^d/' He paufed, and Ihe 
was fufpende4.in wondering expedation of 
the coming fentence. " I here folemnly af- 
fure you of my proteftion, but at is upon 
one condition only — that you renounce the 
world, and dedicate your days to God." 
Julia liftened with a mixture of grief and 
aftomlhme»t, " Without this conceffion 

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cn your part, I poflefs not the power, had 
I even the inclination, to prote& you. If 
you afTume the vdl, you are fafe within the 
pale of the church from temporal violence. 
If you negleft or refufe to do this, the 
marquis may apply to a power from whom 
I have no appeal, atid I fhall be compelled 
at laft to refign you/' 

^* Bui to enfure your fafety, fhould the 
veil be your choice, we will procure a dif- 
penfatlon from the ufual forms of noviciation, 
and a few days (hall confirm your vows.*' 
He ceafed to fpeak ; but Julia agitated with 
the moft cruel diftrefs, knew not what to 
reply. *• We grant you three days to de- 
cide upon this matter,*' continued he, " at 
the expiration of which, the veil, or the 
duke de Luovo, awaits you." Julia quitted 
the clofec in mute defpair, and repaired to 
Madame, who could now fcarqely offer her 
the humble benefit of confolation. 

Meanwhile the Abate exulted in fuc- 
cefsful vengeance, and the marquis fmart- 
cd beneath the (lings of difappointment. 
The menace of the former was too feriouHy 

alarming 



( 77 ) 

alarxmng to f offer the marquis to profecatc 
violent meafares ; and he had therefore re- 
folved, by oppofi^g avarice to pride, to 
foothe the povirer which he could not fub« 
due. But he viras unwilling to entruft the 
Abate with a proof of his compliance 
and his fears^ by offering a bribe in a 
letter, and preferred ^ the more humili- 
ating, but iafer method, of a private in- 
terview. His magnificent offers created a tem- 
porary hefitation in the mind of the AbiUe^ 
who, fecure of his advantage, ihewed at 
firft no difpofition to be reconciled, and 
fuffered the marquis to depart in anxious 
uncertainty. After maturely deliberating 
upon the propofals, the pride of the 4p^^^ 
furmounted his avarice, and he determined 
to prevail upon Julia effeftually to dcftroy 
the hopes of the marquis, by confecrating 
her life to religion. Julia paffed the night 
and the next day in a (late of mental tor* 
tare exceeding all defcription. The gates 
of the monaftei'y befet with guards, and the 
woods furrounded by the marquises people, 
niade efcape impoffible. From a marriage 

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Uith the duke, ^vhofe late condud had con- 
firmed the odious idea which his character 
had formerly impreffcd, her heart recoiled 
in horror, and to be immured for life with- 
in the walls of a convent, was a fate little 
lefs dreadful. Yet fuch was the effeO: tf 
that facred love flie bore the memory of 
liippolitus, tpd fuch her averfion to the 
duke, that fhelbon refohred to adopt the 
veil. On the following evening flie inform- 
ed the Abate of her determination. His 
heart fwelled with fecret joy ; and even the 
natural feverity of his manner relaxed at 
the intelligence. He affured her of his .ap- 
probation and proteftion, with a degree of 
kindnefs which he had never before mani- 
fefted, and told her the ceremony fliould 
be performed on the fecond day from the 
prefent. Her emotion fcarcely fuffered her 
to hear his laft words. Now that her fate 
was, fixed beyond recall, fhe almoft repent, 
ed of her choice. Her fancy attached to it 
a* horror not its own ; and that evil, which, 
when offered to her decifion, (lie had ac- 
cepted with little hefitation, Ihc now paufed 

upon 



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upon in dubious regret ; fo apt ve are to 
imagine that the calamity mod certain, is 
alfo the mcA intoleaUe ! 

When the marquis read the anfwer of 
the Abate, all the baleful paflions of his na- 
ture were roufed and inflamed to a degree 
which bordered upon dlftradion. In the firit 
impulfe of his rage, he would have forced 
the gates of the monaftery, and defied the 
utmoft malice of his enemy. But a mo- 
ment's reflexion revived his fear of the 
threatened lecret, and he faw that he was 
ftiU in the power of the Superior. 

The AbaU procured the neceflary difpen- 
Tation, and preparadons were, immediately 
began for the approaching ceremony. Julia 
watched the departure of thofe moments 
which led to her fate with the calm fortitude 
ef defpair. She had no means of efcaping 
from the coming evil, without expofing 
herfelf to a worTe ; fhe furyeyed it theio> 
fore with a fteady eye, and no 
flirunk from its approach. 

On the morning preceding, the 
her confecration, fhe wis informec 

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( 80 ) 

IJrarger inquired for her at the grate. Her 
mind had been fo long accuftomed to the 
viciilitudes of apprehenfion, that fear was 
the emotioii ^hith now occurred ; flie fuf- 
pcfted, yet fcarcely knew why, that the 
tnarquis was below, and hefitated whether 
to defcend. A little refleftion determined 
her, and fhe went to the parlour — where to 
her equal joy and furprize (lie beheld— Fer- 
dinand ! 

During the abfence of the marquis from 
his caftle, Ferdinand, who had been inform- 
ed of the dncovery of Julia, effeded his 
cfcape from imprifonment, and had haftened 
to the monuftery in the defign of refcuing 
her. He had paffed the woods in difguife, 
with much difficulty eluiiing the obfervation 
of the marquis's people, who were yet dif- 
perfed round the abbey. To the monaftery, 
as he came alone, he had been admitted 
without difficulty. 

When he learned the conditions of the 
Abate\ protedion, and that the following 
day was appointed for the confecration of 
jiiHa, he wa^lhocked, and paufed in de- 

^ liberation* 



( 8i ) 

liberation. A period fo thort as was this ia% 
terval, afforded little opportunity for contri- 
Yance» and lefs for hefltation. The nig^t: 
of the prefent day was the only time that 
remabed for the attempt and executioi^ of 
a plan of efcape, which if it then failed of 
fuccefs^ Julia would not only be condemned 
for life to the walls of a monaftery, but 
would be fubjc£ied to whatever puniihmenc 
the feverity of the Abate^ exafperated by 
the deteftion, fhould think fit to inflifl:. 
The danger was defperate, but the occafion 
was defperate alfo* 

The nobly difinterefted- c6nduft of her 
brother^ (truck Julia with gratitude and ad^ 
miration ; but defpair of fuccefe, made her 
now hefitate whether fhe fliould accept his 
offer. She confidered that his generofity 
would moft probably involve him in de- 
finition with herfelf ; and fee paufed ia 
deep deliberation, when Ferdinand inform- 
ed her of a circumftance which, till now, 
he had purpofely concealed, and which at 
once diffolved every doubt and every fear^ 
" Hippolitus/* faid Ferdinand^ " yet lives.'* 



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•i-« Lives V' repeated Julia faintly,— ^« fives! 
Oh ! tell me where~how/*— Her breath re- 
fufed to aid her, and fhe funk in her chair, 
overcome with the ftrong and various fenfa- 
tions that preffed upon her heart. Ferdi- 
nand, whom the grate with-held from affix- 
ing her, obferved her fituation in extreme 
diftrefs. When flie recovered, he informed 
her that a fervant of Hippolitus, fent no 
doubt by his lord to inquire concerning Ju- 
lia, had Ueen lately feen by one of the mar- 
quis's people in the neighbourhood of thi: 
caftle. From him' it was known that the 
c?>unt de Vtfeza was living, but that',Jiis 
life had been defpaired of ^ and he was ftill 
confined, by dangerous wounds, in an ob'- 
fcufe town on the coa|^ of Italy. The man 
had fteadily refufed to mention the place of 
his lord's abode. Learning that the marquis 
was then at the abbey of St. Auguftin, whi- 
ther he purfued his daughter, the man difap- 
peared from Mazzini^ and had not fince 
been heard of. 

It was enough for Julia to know that 
Hippolitus lived J her fears of deteftion, 

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( 83 ) 

aad her fcruples concerning Ferdinand»^ 
inftantly vanifhed; ihe thought only oC 
efcape-^and the means which had lately ap- 
peared fo formidable — fo difEcult in contri- 
vance, and fo dangerous in execution^ now 
feemed eafy, certain and almoft accom- 
plifhed. 

They confulted on the plan to be adopt* 
ed ; and agreed, that in s^tempting to bribe 
a fervant of the monaftery to their intereft, 
they (hould incur a danger too imminent, 
yet it appeared fcarcely practicable to fuc- 
ceed in their fcheme without riiking tliis. 
After much confideration, tl^y determined 
to entruft their fecret to no perfon but to 
Madame. Ferdii\and was to contrive to con* 
ceal himfdf till the dead of night in the 
qhnrch, between which and the monaftery 
.were feveral doors of communication. 
When the inhabitants of the abbey were 
funk in repofe, Julia might without dif&cuU 
ty pafs to the churchy where Ferdinand 
awaiting her, they might perhaps efcape ex« 
ther through an outer door of the f^ric^ 

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or through a window, for which latter at- 
tempt Ferdinand was xo provide ropes. 

A couple of hdrfes were to be ftationed 
among the rocks beyond the woods, to con- 
vey the fugitives to a fea-port, whence they 
could cafiiy pafs over. to Italy* Having ar- 
ranged this plan, they feparated in the anxi- 
ious hope of meeting on the enfuing nighu 

Madame warmly fympathifcd; with Julia 
in her prefent expectations, and was now 
fomewhat relieved from the prefiure of that 
felf-reproach, with which the confideration 
of having withdrawn her young friend from 
a fecure afyltim, had long tormented her%. 
In learning that Hippolitus lived, Jub'a cxv 
perienced a fudden renovation of life and 
fpirits. From the languid ftiipefafiion 
which diefpair had occafioned, fhe revived 
as from a dream, and her fenfations refem- 
bled thofe of a perfdn fudd^nly awakened 
from a frightful vifion, whofe thoughts are 
yet obfcured in the fear and uncertainty 
which the paffing images have impreiTed 
on his fancy. She emerged from defpatr \. 

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( »5 > 

joy ilhimined her countenance; yet (he 
doubted the reaKty of the fceae which now^ 
opened jto her view. The hours rolled hea- 
viFy along till the evening, when expeftation 
gave way to- fear, for (he was once more 
fummoned by the Abate. He fent for her 
to adminifter the ufual necefiary exhortation 
on the approaching folemnity ; and having 
detained her a confiderable time in tedious 
and fevere diTcoiurfe, difmiiled her with, a^ 
£3rnial ben^didion. 



CHAR 



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( 85 ) 



CHAPTER XIL 

nPHE evening now funk in darknefs, and 
the hour was faft approaching which 
would decide the fate of Julia. Trembling 
anxiety fubdued every other fenfation ; and 
as the minutes paflfed, her fears increafed* 
At length fhe heard the gates of the monaf* 
tery fattened for the night j the bell rang 
the fignal for repofe j and the paffing foot- 
fteps of the nuns told her they were haften- 
ing to obey it. After fome time, all was 
filent. Julia did not yet dare to venture 
forth ; Ihe employed the prefeut interval in 
interefting and afFeftionate converfation 
with Madame de Menon, to whom, not- 
withftanding her fituation, her heart bade a 
forrowful adieu*. 

The clock flruck twelve, when fhe arofe 
to depart. Having embraced her faithful 
friend with tears of mingled grief and anx» 
iety, fhe took a lamp in her hand, and with 
cautious, fearful fteps defcended through 
the long winding paffages to a private door, 

which 



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( 87 ) 

which opened into the church of the monaf- 
tery. The church was gloomy and defolate ; 
and the feeble rays of the lamp fhe bore, 
gave only light enough to difcover its chil- 
ling grandeur. As flie paffed filently along 
the aifles, (he caft a look of anxious exami^ 
nation around — ^but Ferdinand was no 
where to be feen. She paufed in timid he- 
fitation, fearful to penetrate the'J gloomy 
obfcurity which lay before her, yet dreading 
to return. 

As fhe flood examining the place, vainly 
looking for Ferdinand, yet fearing to call, 
left her. voice ftiould betray her, a hollow 
groan arofe from a part of the church very 
near her. It chilled her heart, and fhe re- 
mained fixed to the fpot. She turned her 
eyes. a little to the left, and faw light ap- 
pear through the chinks of a fepulchre at 
fome diftance. The groan was repeated — a 
low murmuring fucceeded, and while fhe 
yet gazed, an old man iffued from the vault 
with a lighted taper in his hand. Terror 
now fubdued her, and fhe uttered an invo- 
luntary fhriekf In the fucceeding moment, 

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a noife was heard in a remote part of the 
fabric; and Ferdinand fufhing forth from 
bis concealment, ran to her affiftance. The 
pid man, who appeared to be a friar, and 
who had been doing penance at the monu- 
ment of a faint, now approached. His coun* 
tenance exprefled a degree of furprize and 
terror almoft equal to that of Julia's, who 
knew him to be the confeflbr of Vin- 
cent. Ferdinand feized the father; and 
laying his hand upon his fword, threatened 
him with death if be did not inftaatly fwear 
to conceal for ever his knowledge of what 
he then faw, and alfo aflifl: them to efcape 
from the abbey .► 

" Ungracious boy ?' replied the father 
in a calm voice, ** defifi from this language, 
nor add to the follies of youth the crime of 
murdering, or terrifying a defencelefs old 
man. Your violence would urge me to be- 
come your enemy, did not previous inclina- 
tion tempt me to be your friend. I pity the 
diftreffes of the lady JuHa, to whom I am 
no ftranger, and will cheerfully give her all 
the affiftance in my power/* 

At 



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( 89 ) 

At thefe words Julia revived, and Fer- 
dinand, reproved by the generofity of the* 
father, and confcious of his own inferiority^ 
ihrunk back. '^ I have no words to thank 
you," faid he, " or to entreat your pardon 
for the impetuofity of ray condud ; your 
knowledge of my fituation muft plead my 
excufe/'— " It does,'* replied the father^ 
^^ but we have no time to lofe:— •foU 
low me/* 

They followed him through the church 
to the cloifters, at the extreimity of which was 
a fmall door, which the friar unlocked. It 
opened upon the woods. 

" This path,*' faid he, " leads through an 
intricstte part of the woods, to the rockg; 
that rife on the right of the abbey ; in their ^ 
receffes you may fecrete yourfelves till you 
are prepared for a longer journey. But ex* 
tinguifli your light ; it may betray you to 
the marquis's people, who are difperfed 
abo6t this (pot* FarewelU my children, 
and God's blefling be upon ye." 

Julia's tears declared her gratitude ; Q^. 
had no time, for words. Tl^y ftepped into 

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the patb^ and the father clofed the door. 
They, were aow liberated from the monaf- 
tery, but danger awaited them without, 
which it required all their caution to avoid* 
Ferdinand knew the path, which the friar 
had pointed out, to be the fame that led to 
the rocks where his horfes were ilatxoned, 
and he purfued it with quick and filent 
fleps. Julia, whofe fears confpired with 
the gloom of night to magnify and tranf- 
form every obje^l around her, imagined at 
^K:h ftep that ihe took, (he perceired the 
figures of men, and &ncied every whifjper 
of the breeze the found of purfuit. 

They proceeded fwiftly, till Julia, breath- 
lefs and exbaufted, could go no farther. 
They had not refted many minutes, when 
they heard a ruftling among the bufhes at 
fome diftance, and foon after diftinguiihed 
a low found of voices. Ferdinand and 
Julia inilantly renewed their flight, and 
thought they ftill heard voices advance up. 
on the wind. This thought was (oon con* 
firmed, for the founds now gained fail up- 
«U them, an4i they diilinguifhed words 

which 



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which ferved only to heighten their appre* 
henfions when they reached the extremity 
of the woods* The moon, which was now 
up, ftiddeoly em^g^xxg from a dark doud, 
difcovered to them feveral men in purfuit ; 
and alfo ihewed to the purfuers the courfe 
of the fugitives. They endeavoured to gain 
the rocks where the horfes were concealed, 
and which now appeared in view. Thefe 
they reached when the purfuers fiad alihofl: 
overtaken them-— but their horfes were 
gone! Their only remaining chance of 
efcape was to fly into the deep receffes of 
the rock. They, therefore, entered a 
winding cave from whence branched feveral 
fubterraneous avenues, at the extremity of 
one of which they flopped. The voices of 
nien now vibrated in tremendous echoes 
through the various and fecret caverns of 
the place, and the found of footfteps feeraed 
faft approaching. Julia trembled with ter- 
mor, and Ferdinand drew his fword, deter^ 
n^ined to protedb her to the laft. A con- 
fufed volley of voices now founded up that 
P^rt of the cave where Ferdinand; and J^a 

lay 



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C 90 

lay concealed. In a few moments the (leps 
of the purfuers fuddenly took a different 
direAion, and the founds funk gradually 
away, and were heard no more, Ferdinand 
liilened attentively for a confiderable time, 
but the ftillnefs of the place remained un- 
difturbed. It was now evident that the 
men had quitted the rock, and h^ ventured 
forth to the mouth of the cave. He furvcy- 
ed the wilfis around, as far as his eye could 
penetrate, and diftingulfhed no human be- 
ing ; bfut in the paufes of the wind he ftiU 
thought he heard a found of diftant voices. 
As be Uftened in anxious (ilence, his eye 
caught the appearance of a fliadow, whicb 
moved upon the ground near where 
he flood. He ftarted back within the cave, 
but in a few minutes again ventured forth. 
The Ihadow remained ftationary ; but 
having watched it for fome time, Ferdinand 
law it glide along till it dilappeared behind 
a point of rock. He had now no doubt 
that the cave was watched, and that it was 
one of his late purfuers whofe (hade he had 
feen. He returned, thei-efore, to Julia, and 

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C 93 ) 

remained near *an hour hid in the deepeft ' 
recefs of the rock j when, no found having 
interruptq4Jhe. profound filence of the place, 
he at lehp^ once more ventured to the 
mouth of the cave. Again he threw a fear« 
ful look around, but difcemed no human 
form. The foft moon-beam flept upon the 
dewy landfcape, and the folemn ftillnefs of 
midnight wrapt the world. Fear heighten, 
cd to the fugitives the fublimity or the hour, 
Ferdinand now led Julia forth, and they 
paffed filently along the (helving foot of the 
rocks. 

They continued their way without farther, 
interruption ; ahd among the clifis at foixie 
diftance from the cave, difcovered to their 
inexpreffible joy, their horfes, who having 
broken their faftenings, had ftrayed thither, 
and had now laid themfelves down to reft. 
Ferdinand and Julia immediately mounted j 
and defcending to the plains, took the road 
that le2\^ to a fmall fea port at fome leagues 
diftance, whence they could embark for 
Italy* *^ ' 'v 

They travelled for fome hiH5rr^4-ough"'* 1 

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gloomy forefts of beech and chefnut ; and 
their way \^a$ only faintly illuminated by the 
moon, which ilied a trembling lu&p through 
the dark foliage, and which ii^feen but 
^t intervals, as the pafling clouds yielded to 
the power of her rays. They reached at 
length the fkirts of the foreft. The grey 
dawn now appeared, and the chili morning 
^r bit fhrewdly. It was with inexpreffible 
joy that Julia obferved the kindling atmof- 
phere ; and foon after the rays of the riiing 
fun touching the tops of the mountains, 
whofe fides were yet involved in dark va- 
pours. 

Her fears diffipated with ihc darknefs^T- 
The fun now appeared amid clouds of in- 
conceivable fplendour; and unveiled a fcene 
which in other circumftances Julia would 
have contemplated with rapture* From the 
fide of the hill, down which they were 
winding, a vale appeared, from whence arofe 
wild and lofty mountains, whofe ftecps were 
cloathed with hanging woods, except where 
llJMie and there a precipice projefied its hoU 
and ru^t;d4(ont. Here, a few half witheftd 

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treeS' hung ftoin the crevices of the rock, 
and gave a pidurefque wildnefs Co the obje£l; 
there^ clufters of half feen cottages, riiing 
from among tufted groves, embeltlfhed the 
green margin of a ftream which meandered 
in the bottom, and bore its waves to the 
blue and diftant main. 

The frefhnefs of morning breathed over 
the fcene, and vivified each colour of the 
landfcape. The bright dew-drops hung 
trembling from the branches of the trees, 
which at intervals overshadowed the road ; 
and the fprightly mufic of the birds faluted 
the rifing day. Notwithftanding her anxiety, 
the fcene difFufed a foft complacency over 
the mind of Julia« 

About noon they reached the port, 
where Ferdinand was fortunate enough 
to obtain a fmall veflel; but the wind 
was unfavourable, and it was pad mid^ 
night before it was pofiible for them to 
embark. 

When the dawn appeared, Julia returned 
to the deck; and viewed with a figh of 
unaccountable regret, the receding coail 

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of Sicily. . But (he obferved with high ad- 
miration, the light gradually fpreading 
through the atmofphere, darting feeble ray 
over the furface of the waters, which rolled 
in folemn foundings upon the diflant fliores. 
Fiery beams now marked the clouds, and 
the eaft glowed with iqcrealiiig radiance, 
till the fun rofe at once above the waves, 
and illuminating them with a flood of fplen- 
dour, dififufed gaiety and gladnefs around. 
The bold concave of the heavoxs, uniting 
with the vaft expanfe of the ocean, formed 
a €oup (Tmly ftriking and fublime. The 
magnificence of the fcenery infpired Julia 
with delight ; and her heart dilating with 
high enthufiafm, (he forgot the forrows 
which had oppreffed her. 

The breeze wafted the fliip gently along 
for fome hours, when it gradually funk 
into a calm. The glafly furface of the 
waters was not cwled by the lighted air, 
and the veffel floated heavily on the bo- 
fom of the deep. Sicily was y«t m view, 
and the prefent delay agitated Julia with 
wild apprehenfion* Towards the clofe of 

-day 



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day a light breeze (prang up, but it blew 
from I&Iy^and a train of dark vapours 
emerged from the verge of thehorizon, which 
gradually accumulatmg, the heavens became 
entirely overcaft. The evening (hut in fud- 
denly; the rifing wind, the heavy clouds 
that loaded the atmofphere, and the thunder 
which murmured afar off, terrified Julia, 
and threatened t violent ftorm* 

The tempeft came on, and the captaia 
vainly founded for anchorage : Jt was deep 
fea, and tHe v^ffel drove furipudy before 
the wind. The darknefs was interrupted 
only at intervals by the broad expanfe of 
vivid lightnings, which quivered upon the 
watfcrs, and difclofmg the horrible gafp- 
ings of the waves, ferved to render th^ 
fucceeding darknefs more awfuh The thun- 
der which burft in tremendous crafhcs above, 
the loud roar of the waves Wo)^^, the 
noife of the f^ilors, and the Tudden cracks 
aild groamngs of the veiTel, confphed to 
heighten the tremendous fablimity of the 
fcene. ^ 



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FiM^on (}ie rocky ihores the (f|pM (oucidf. 
The blhio^ whirtwiads cleave th«nl||K pi^ouad ; 
While high in air^ amid the nfing ^rm, 
DritiAg the bbfty fits Danger^s black'nisg form* 

Julia lay fainting with terror and fick- 
QCfs ia the cabin, and Ferdinand, though 
a^oft hop^efs himfelf, was endeavouring 
to ^port her^ whea a loud and dreadful 
cralh tiras heard from above. It feemed as 
if the ift^e veflel had paiicbd. The voices 
of the failors aow rofe together, and all was 
confUfipn and uproar. Ferdinand ran up 
to thie deck/ and learned that part of the 
jHam maft., borne away by the wind, had 
Hiilea upon the deck^ whence it had rolled 
^drboard. 

It wa$ now paft midnight, and the Aorm 
contmued with unabated fury. For four 
l^oiMUhe veffel had been driven before the 
blaft; ^and the captain now declaring it 
was im^offible fhe could weather the tem- 
|)^ much longer, ordered the long boat 
to be i^readinefs^ His orders were fcarcely 
execi^feu, when the fliip bulged upon a 
ri^ of rocks, and the impetuoui w^res 

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rufhed iiita th|. TeiTel : — ^a gena^l grf aix> 
enfued, Ferdinaad Sew to fare bis fifter, 
whom he carried to the boat, whicfar mi* ^ 
nearly filled by the captam and moft of the 
crew. The fea ran fo high that it apoearedi \ 
impra&icable to reach the fhore j. biK thet/ 
boat had not moved many yards, whi^ ify6 
fliip went to pieces. The captain no>)^^iier«' 
ceived by the flaihes of lightning/jf higfat 
rocky coaft at abi^at the didance of half 
a mile. The men ftruggledr hard at th« 
oars ; but almoft as often as . they gained 
the fummit of a wave, ic d^Qied them 
back again, and made their labour of litt^/> 
a Voiiw ' !b'^'\^ > * 

After much diiScuIty and fatigue they 

reached the coaft, where a new danger prc- 

fenftd itfelf* They beheld a wildv*^y 

Ihore, whofe diffs appeared inacceffibl^ trl^l 

which feemed to afford little poffibilipy. of. - 

landing. A landings however, was at laft 

, effefled ; and the failors, after much fearch^* 

. difcorered a kind ofpath-way cut hfettft?^k>, 

i which they' all afcended i«i fafety. 

The dawn now faintly glimmered ,< and 

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they furveyed the coaft, bat couW difco- 
ver no human habitation. They imagined 
they were on the fliores of Sicily, but pof- 
fefled no means of ccHifirming this con- 
jedure. Terror, (icknefs; and fatigue had 
fabdued the flrength and ipirics of Julia, 
and flie was obliged to reft upon the 
rocks. 

The dorm now fuddenly fvibfided, and 
ihe total calm which fur.ceeded to thd wild 
tumult of the winds and waves, produced a 
(Irikmg and .fublime efie£t. The air was 
buflied in a deathlike fiillnefs^ but the waves 
were yet violently agitated ; and by the in- 
creafing light, parts of the wreck were feen 
floating wide upon the face of the deep. 
Some failors who had mified the boat were 
alfo difcovered clinging to pieces of the vef- 
fel, and making towards the ihore. On 
x)bferving this, their fliipmates immediately 
defcended to the boat ; and putting off to 
fea, refcued them from their perilous fitua- 
tion. When Julia was fomewhat re-anima- 
ted, they proceeded up the country in fearch 
of a Uweiling. 

They 



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They had travelled near half a league, 
-vrhen the favage features of the trounti^ 
l^egan to foften, and gradually changed to 
the pidurefque beauty of Sicilian fcenery. 
They now dificovered at fome diftance a 
^lla, feated on a gentle eminence crown- 
ed with woods. It was the firft human ha- 
bitation they had feen fince^ they embarked 
for Italy ; and Julia, who was almofl fink- 
ing with fatigue, beheld it with delight. 
The captain and Jiis men haflened towards 
it to make known their di(lr(*/s, while Fer«. 
dinand and Julia flowly followed. They 
obferved the men enter the villa, one of 
whom qdckly returned to acquaint them 
with the hofpitable recepdon his comrades 
had received. 

Julia with difficulty reached the ^Ifice, 
at the door of which (he was met by a young 
cavalier, whofe pleafing and intelligent couiw 
tenance immediately interefled her in his 
favour. He welcomed the ftrangers with a 
benevolent politeneTs^ that diflblved at once 
every uncomfortable feeling which thdir 
lituation had excited, and product an in- 

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ftantaneous eafy confidoice. Through a 
light and elegant hall, rifmg into a dome 
iupportiBd by pillars of white msprble, and 
adorned with bufla, he led tbam to a 
X3^gid£cent ^veftibul^^ wl^ch opened upon a 
lawn« Having feated thefnjat a[ table ipre^d 
with refreihinents,^ he left thuoi, and they 
.fiirveyed with furprize the beauty of tl^e 
adjacent fcene# . 

The lawn, which {9s» QB:ea<;h fide bound- 
ed by hanging ^oods, dcfceiKled ,ia gen^e 
daeUvity tp ft fifte ^tls^j iwM^ finpoth fur- 
iice reflected the fw^qui^dlix^ fi^o^ iBe- 
yoad appeared th^ diftaitt coj^litry, rifing 
, mk the left into hcl4 ron^a&tie mo^tam^ 
and en the rights exhibiting fk foft and 
glowing landfcape;, whpfe trs^q^il beauty 
{ocmed a iii;iking cpniraft to . the wild 
fublimit|: of the pppofite craggy height. 
^ The blue and diftant ocean tern;unated the 
view. 

In a (bort time the cavalier ret^med, 
.conducing two ladies of a very engaging 
appearance^ whom he prefented as hi^ wife 
and lifter. They ^4cofl^ Julia with 

graceful 






C »03 ) 

graceful kindnels; but fatigue foon ob- 
liged her to retire to refl:^ tmd a confequent 
indifpoiition mcreafed fo rapidly, as to reh- 
der it impra&icable for her to quit her pre* 
feat abode on that day. The captaia and 
his men proceeded on their way, learing 
Ferdinand and Julia at the villa^ where 
(he experienced every kind and tender if- 
fe&lon* 

The day ivhich was to have devoted JuKa 
to a cloifter, was ufbered in at the abbey 
with the ufual ceremonies. The church 
was ornamented, and all the inhabitants of 
the monaftery pt^epared to attend. The 
Padre Abate now exulted in the fucceft of 
his fcbeme, and anticipated in imagination 
the rage and vexation of the marquis^ when 
he (hould difcover that his daughter was 
loft to him for ever. 

The hour of celebration arrived, and he 
entered the church with a proud firm fUp^ 
and with a countenance which dqudored 
his inward triumph ; he was proeeeding to 
the high^ltar, when he was told that Juliiat'^ 

J 4 was 



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CPAPTER Xm. 

HIPPOLrrUS, who liad laBguifiied un- 
der a long and dangeroas illnefs oc« 
cafioncd by his vonnds, but heightened and 
prolonged by the diftrefs of bis mind, was 
detamed in a fmall town on the coaft of 
Caiahna, and was yet ignorant of the death 
of Cornelia. He fcarcely doabted that Ju liil 
was now devoted to the duke, and this 
ihiHight was at times pdfon to his heart* 
j&fter his arrivial ia Galabria^ immediatdy 
on the recovery of his fenfes, he difpatched 
a fervant back to the caftle of Mazzmi, tc^ 
gain fecret intelligence of what had p'afied 
after his departure. The eagernefs with 
which we endeavour to cfcape from mlfery, 
tatight him to cncoiarage a remote and ro« 
Hiantic hope, that Julia yet lived- for him. 
Yet even this hope at length langvilAhed into 
defpair, as the time elapfed which fhoniti 
have brought his fervant from Sicily.. Days 
and weeks pafied away in the utmoft anxiety 
i ' • ^■' to 



C "r ) 

to HippoIUus, for (till his emiflary did ftot 
appear ;^ and at lafl:, concluding that he 
had been either feized by robbers, [or dif- 
eovered and detained by the marqub, the 
count ient oflT a fecond emiflary to the^ 
caftle of Mazzini. By him he learned the 
news of Jillia^s flight, and his heart dilated 
with* joy; but it was fuddenly checked, when 
he beard the marquis had difcovered her 
retreat in the abbey of St. Auguftin. The 
wounds which ftill detained him in coii- 
finement, now became intolerable. Julia 
might yet be loft to him for ever. But 
even his prefent ftate of fear and un* 
certainty was blils, compared with the an« 
guifli of defpair which his mind had long 
endured* 

As foon as he was fufficiently recover* 
ed^ he quitted Italy for Sicily, in the defign 
of Tifiting the monaftery of St. Auguftin, 
where it was poffible Julia might yet re-^ 
main. That he might pafs with the lecrecy 
iieceflary to his plan, and efc2^ the attacks 
of the marquis, be. left lus fervants in Cala«^ 
brla^ and emjbarkedruloae* 

F 6 It 



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It was morning when he landed at a fmall 
port of Sicily, and proceeded towards the 
abbey of St. Auguftin. As he travelled, 

" his imagination revolved the fcenes of his 
early love, the diftrefs of Julia, and the 
fufferings of Ferdinand, and his heart melt- 
ed at the retrofped:. He con(idere(^ the 
probabilities of Jalia's having found Kpro<- 
teSion from her fether in the pity of the 
Padre Abate; and even ventured to indulge 
himfelf in a flattering, fond anticipation of 
the moment,, when Julia fliould again be re- 
ftored to his fight. 

He anived at the monaftery, and his 
grief may eafily be imagined, when he 
was informed df the death of his be- 
loved fifter, and of the flight of Julia. 

, He quitted St. Auguftin^s immediately, 
without even knowing that Madame de 
Menon was. there, and fet out for a tow^ 
at fome leagues diftance, where he defigned 
to pafs the night. 

Abforbed in the melancholy reflexions 
which the late intelligence excited, be 
gavq the reins to hir iMurlfe, and journeyed 

on 



--<••- 



on unmlodful of his way. The evemag 

was fkr advanced, when he discovered that 

he had taken a wrong dire&ion, and that 

he was bewildered in a wild and folitary 

fcene. He had wandered too far fronir the 

road to Ijiope to regain it, and be had 

befide no recoUedion of the obje£ks left 

behind him. A choice of errors, only, lay 

before hitn. The view on his right hand 

exhibited high and favage mountains^ 

covered with heath and black fir ; and 

the wild defolation of their afped:, together 

with the dangerous appearance of the path 

that wound up their fides, and which was 

the only apparent track they afforded, deter* 

mined Hippolitus not to attempt their afcent. 

On his left lay a foreft, to which the path 

he was then in led ; its appearance was 

gloomy, but he preferred it to the rnoun* 

tains; and iince he was uncertain of its 

extent, there was a poffibility that be might 

pais it, and reach a village before the 

night was fet in. At the worft, the foreft 

would afford him a ihelter from the winds ; 

and however he ought be bewildered in its 

labyrinths, 



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( no ) 

falyyraiths, lie could afcend a tree, and left 
in fecmitj t31 the retnm of %ht (hould 
afibrd faun an opportunity of extricating 
lumfel£ Among the nxmntains there was 
no poffibilitj of meeting ^th other ihelter, 
than trtiat the habitation of man afixH-ded, 
and fuch a frelter there vas little proba- 
bifity of finding. Innumerable dangers 
alfo threatened him here, from which he 
iprould be fecure on level ground. 

Having determined which way to purfue-» 
he pufhed hb horfe into a gallop, and enh 
tered the foreft as the laft rays of the fun 
trembled on the mountains. The thick 
foliage of the trees threw a gloom around, 
which was every moment deepaied by the 
ftades of evening. The path was uninter- 
rupted, and the count continued to follow 
it till all diftinfiion was confounded in the 
vmtV4>f night. Total darknefs now made 
it impoffible for him to purfue his way. 
He difmounted, smd faftening his horfe to 
a tree, climbed among the branches, pur> 
poiing to remain there till morning. 

He had not been long in this fituationW 

when 



( IM ) 

when a confufed found of Boifes from w 
diflbance reufed hb attention. The found 
returned at mtervals for fom? time, but 
without fee'tnlng to approach . He defoeqded 
from the tree, that he might be the better 
judge of the direction whence it came ; but 
before he reached the ground, the noife 
was eeafedy and all was profoundly filent» 
He continued to liften^ but the filence re-» 
laadning undifturbed, he began to think h^^ 
had been deceived, by the finging of the 
wind among the leaves ; and was preparing 
to re-afcend» when he perceived a faint light 
glimmer though the foUag^from afar. The 
fight revived a hope that he was near fome 
plaee of human habitation; he therefore 
unfaftened his h<^e» and led him towards 
the fpot whmce the ray iiTued. The 
moon was -now rifen, and threw a checker- 
ed gleam over his path, fufficient \o dired 
him. 

Before he had proceeded far the light 
dtfappeared. He cpntinued however his 
way as nearly as he cpuld^ guefs,^ towards 
the place whence it had iflued j^ smd after 



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tnueh toil, found hitrrfelf in a fpot where the 
trees formed a circle round a kind of rude 
lawn* The moon-light difcoyered to him 
an edifice which appeared to have been 
formerly a monaftery, but which now ex- 
hibited a pile of ruins, whofe grandeur, 
heightened by decay, touched the beholder 

* with reverential awe. Hippolitus paufed 
to gaze upon the fcene; the facred <K11- 
nefs of night increafed its efFe^, and. a fecret 
dread, he knew not wherefore, dole upon 

, his heart* 

The filence and the charaft^r dF the 
place made him doubt whether this was 
the fpot he had been feeking ; and as be 
ftood hefitating whether to proceed or to 
return, he obferved a figure ftanding under 
an arch*way of the ruin; it carried a light 
in its hand, and pafliag fiiently along, diT- 
appeared in a remote part of the building* 
The courage of Hippolitus for a moment 
deferted him. An invincible curlofity, how- 
%yer, fubdued his terror, and he determined 
to purfue, if poifible^ the way the figure 
had taken* * 

He 



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He paired over loofe ftones through a 
fort of court, till he came to the arch-way ; 
here he flopped, for fear returned upon him. 
Refuming his courage, however, he went 
on, ftill endeavouring to foUow the way 
the figure had paifed, and fuddenly found 
himfelf in an enclofed part of the nii^ 
whofe appearaijLce was more wiUan^ de« 
folate thaxi any he had yet feei^ Seiid^ 
with unconquerable apprehenfiou, he was 
retiring, when the low voice of a diftreffed 
perfon ftruck his ear. . His heart funk »t 
the founds his limbs trembled, and he was 
utterly unable to moVe, 

The found, which appeared- to be the 
laft groan of a dying perfon, was repeated. 
Hippolitus made a ftrong effort, and fprang 
forwaid, when a light burft upon him from 
a (battered cafement of the building, and 
at the fame inftant h^hciard the voices 
of men ! 

He advanced foftly to the window^ and 
beheld in a fmall room, which was lefs de* 
caycd than the reft of the edifice, a group 
of men, who from' the favagen?& of their 

looks. 



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lookSy and from their drefs, appeared tb be 
banditti. They furrounded a man who lay 
on the ground wounded, and bathed m 
blood, and who it was^very erident had ut« 
tered the groans heard by the count. 

The obfcurity of the place presented 
Hippolitus from dillinguiihing the features 
of the dying man. From the bidod which 
"^covered him, and from the furrounding cir« 
cumllaitces, lie ^^eared to %e n w uikiTtf ; 
and the count had no doubt that the men 
he beheld were the murderers. Itie horror 
of the fcene enth*ely overcame him j be 
ilo^d rooted to the ipot, and faw the 
aflaflin$ rifle the pockets of the dying perfon, 
who in a voice fcarcely articulate, but which 
defpsur feemed to aid, fuppllcated for mer- 
cy. The ruffians anfwered him only with 
e:cecration8, and continued their plunder; 
His groans and his fufferings ferved only 
to aggravate their cruelty. They were 
proceeding to take from him a miniature 
picture, whi(:h was iaitened round his neck, 
and had been hitherto concealed in his 
bofom ; when by a fudden effort he half 

raifcd 



( 1^5 ) 

raifed himfelf from the ground, and at- 
tempted to iave it from thw bands. The 
effort availecl him nothing; a )>low from 
one of the villains laid the unfortunate 
man on the floor without modon. The 
horrid barbarity of the ad feized the sibd 
of Hippolitus fo entirely, that forgetful of 
his own fituation^ bf groaned aloud, and 
ftarted with an inftantaneous defign of ave»» 
ging the deed. The noife he made ^armod 
the banditti, who looking whfQce it came, 
difcoviei^d tbe count throi^h tbe cafement* 
They inftapcly quitted their prize, and rulhed 
towiff4^ the door of the room. He was 
now returned^ to a fenfe of his danger, and 
endeavoured to efcape to the exterior part 
of tbe ruin; but terror bewildered his fenfes, 
and he miftook his way. Inftead of regain- 
ing the arch-way, he perplexed himfelf with 
fruitlefs wanderings, and at length found 
himfelf only more deeply involved in the 
fecret recefleaf of the pile. 

The fteps of his purfuers gained faft 
upon him, and he continued to perpleic 
himfelf with vain efforts at efcape, till at 

length. 






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images of horror, and expeding to hear 
the found repeated. He then fought for a 
decayed part of the door, through \ivhich 
he might difcover what was beyond; but^he 
could find none ; and after waiting fome 
time without i^aring any farther noife, 
he was quitting the fpot, when, in paffing 
his arm over the door, it ftruck againft 
fomething hard. On examinatbn he per- 
ceived to his extreme furpr tze that the key 
was in the lock. For a moment he hefi- 
tated what to do ; but curiofity overcame 
other confiderations, and with a trembling 
band he turned the key. The door opened 
into a large and defolate apartment, dimly 
lighted by a lamp that flood on a table, 
which was almoft the only furniture bf ihe 
place. The count had^ advanced feveral 
fteps before he perceived an objeft, which 
fixed all his attention. This was the figureof a 
young woman lying on the floor .apparently 
€lead. Her face was concealed in her robe; 
and the long auburn treffes which fell in 
beautiful luxuriance over her bofom, ferved • 

I to 



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to veil a part of fhe glowing beaoty which 
the diforder of her drefs would have 
revealed. 

Pity, furprize, and admiration ftruggled. 
in the bread of Hippolitus ; and while he 
ftood furveyii% the obje^ whicfa excited 
thefe different emotions, h^Hlard a (tep 
advancing towards the room. He fiew to 
the door by which he had entered, and 
was fortunate enough to reach it before the 
entrance of the perfons whofe ftep» he heard* 
Having turned the key, he flopped at the 
door to liften to their proceedings. He dif« 
tingui&ed the voices of two men^ and knew 
them to be thofe of the aflafiins. I^efently 
he heard a piercing ihriek, and at the fame 
inftant the voices of the ruffians grew 
loud and violent. One of them ex- 
claimed that the )ady was dying, and 
accufed the other of having frightened 
her to death, fwearing with horrid im* 
precations that fhe! was his, and he would 
defend her to the laft drop of his blood. 
The difpute grew higher; and neither 
)f the ruffians would give up his claim 

to 



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V 

to the unfortunate objed of their alter- 
cation. 

The clafliing of fwords was foon after 
heard^ together with a violent noife. The 
fcreams were repeated, and the oaths and 
execrations ^ the difputarffe redoubled. 
They feemeffll move towards the door, b^ 
hind which Hippolitus was concealed ; fud- 
denly the door was fliook with great forces 
a deep groan followed, and was inftantly 
facceeded by a noife like that of a perfon 
whofe whole^ weight falls at once to the 
ground. For a moment all was filent. Hip- 
politus had np doubt that one of the ruf- 
fians had deftroyed the other, and was foon 
confirmed in the belief — for the furvivor 
triumphed with brutal* exultation over bis 
fallen antagonid. The ruffian haftily quit- 
ted the room, and Hippolitus foon after 
heard the diftant voices of feveral perfons 
in loud difpute. The founds feemed to come 
from a chamber over the place where he 
ftood ; he alfo heard a trampling of feet 
from above, and could even diftinguifhj at 
intervals, the. words of the difputants. From 

thefe 



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thefe he gathered eaough to learn that the af- . 
fray which had juil happened^ and the lady 

m 

who had been the occafion of it, were the fub- 
jefts of difcourfe. The voices frequently rofe 
together, and confounded all diftinction. 

At length 4h^ tumult began to fubfide, 
and Hippolitus could didinguifh what was . 
Jaid. The ruffians agreed to give ^yp the 
lady in queftion to him who had /ought for 
her ; and leaving him to his priae, they all . 
went out in queft of farther prey. The 
fituation of the unfortunate lady excited a 
mixture of pity and indignation in Hip* 
politus,. which for fome time entirely occu- 
pied him ; he revolved the nieans of extri- 
cating her from fo deploral^le a fituation, ^ "^ 
?nd in thefe thoughts almoft forgot his own 
danger. He now heard her fighs ; and 
while his heart melted to the founds, the 
farther door of the apartment was thrown 
open, and the wretch to whom flie had been 
allotted, ruflied in. Her fcreams now re- 
doubled, but they were of no avail with the 
ruffian who had feized her in his arms $ 
when the count, who was unarmed,* in- 

VOL. II. o fenfible ' 



( »22 ) 

« 

fenfible to every impulfe but that of a gene- 
rous pity, burft into the room, but became 
fixed like a ftatue when he beheld his Julia 
ftruggling in the grafp of the ruffian. On 
difcovering Hippolitus, (he made a fudden 
fpring, and liberated herfdf f when, run- 
ning to him, fhe funk lifelefs in his arms. 

Surprize and fury fparkled in the eyes of 
the ruffian, and he turned with a favage 
defperation' upon the count ; who, relin- 
quifhing Julia, fnatched up the f^ord of the 
dead ruffian, which lay upon the floor, and 
defended himfelf. The <:ombat wias furious, 
but Hippolitus laid his antagonift fenfelefs 
at his feet. He flew to Julia, who now re- 
vived, but who for fome time could fpeak 
only by her tears. The tranfitions of vari- 
ous and rapid fi^ifations, which her heait 
^experienced, and the i ftrangely mingled 
emotions of joy and terror ihat agitated Hip- 
politus, can only be underftood by experi- 
ence. He raifed her from the floor, and en- 
deavoured to foothe her to compofure, when 
fhe called wildly upon Ferdinand. At his 
name the count fl:arted^ ,and inflantly re- 

% ' membered 



^ 



I 



( "3 ) 

meiiibered the dying cavalier, whofe coun* 
tenance the glooms had concealed from his 
view. His heart thrilled with fccret agony, 
yet he relblved to withhold his terrible con- 
jectures from Julia, of whom he learned 
that Ferdinand, with herfelf, had been 
taken by banditd in the way fronvfhe villa 
which had offered them fo hofpitable a re- 
ception after the (hip-wreck. They were- 
on the road to a port whence they defigned 
again to embark for Italy, when this mif. 
fortune overtook them. Julia added that 
Ferdinand liad been immediately feparated 
from her ; and that, for forae hours, fhe 
held been confined in the apartment where 
Hippolitus found her. 

The count with difficulty concealed his 
terrible apprehenfions for Ferdinand, and 
mainly flrov^ to foften Julia's diftrefs. But 
there was no lime to be loft — they had yet 
t^ find a way out of the edifice, and before 
'hey could accomplifli this, the banditti 
jnight return. It was alfo poffible that fome' 
the party were left to watch this their 
'de during the abfence of the tiO:, ^rid- 

9 2 Ms 



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( «24 ) 

this was another circumftance of reafonable 
alarip. 

After fome little confideration, Hippolitus 
judged it moil prudent to feek an outlet 
through the paflage by which he entered ; 
he therefore took the lamp» md led Julia 
to the door. They entered the avenue, 
^d locking the door after them, fought 
the flight of fteps down which the count 
bad before paflbd ; but having purfued tbe 
windings of the avenue a confiderable time 
without finding them^ he became certain 
he had miftakcn the way. Thejt, however, 
found another flight, which they defccnded, 
and entered upon a paflage fo very narrow 
and low, as not to admit of a perfon, walk- 
ing upright. This paflage was dofed by a 
door, which on examination was found to 
be chiefly of iron. Hippolitus *«^as flartled 
at the fight, but on applying his ftrength 
found it gradually yield, when the imprifon- 
ed air ruflied out, and had nearly >^tin- 
guiflied the light. They now entered upon 
a dark ajbyis ; and the door, which moved 
upon a fpringi fuddenly clofed upon them. 

On 



( t^s ) 

On looking round they beheld a largd 
vault ; and it is not eafy to imagine their 
horror on difcovering they were in a recep- 
tacle for the murdered bodies of the unfor* 
tunate people who had fallen inta the hands 
of the banditti. 

TTie cDtmt could fcarcely fupport the 
fainting fpirits of Julia ; he ran to the door^ 
which he endeavoured to open, but the 
lock was U> conftru^ed that it could te 
moved only on the other fide^ and all his 
efforts were ufeleft. He was conftrained^ . 
therefore, to feek for another door, but 
could find none. Their Situation was the 
mod deplorable that can be imagined ; 
for they were now inclofed in a vault ftrewn 
with the dead bodies of the murdered, and 
muft there become the viftims of famine, 
or of the fword. The earth was in feveral 
places thrown up, and marked the bouti* 
daries of new made graves. The bodies 
which remained unburied were probably left 
either from hurry or negligence, and exhi- 
bited a fpedacle too (hocking for humanity. 
The fufferings of Hippolitus were increafed 

G ^ by 



( ie6 ) 

by thofe of Julia, >^ho was finking with her* 
ror^ and who he endeavoured to fupport to 
a part of the vault which fell into :* recefs 
;^where ftood a bench. 

They had not been long ia this fituation^ 
when they heard a noife which approached 
gradually, and which did not appear to 
come from the avenue they had paiTed. 

The noife increafed^ and they could di& 
tinguilh voices. Hippolitus believed, the 
murderers were returned; that they had 
traced his retreat, and were coming towards 
th^ vault by fome way unknown to binu 
He prepared for the worfl:<^— and drawing 
his fword, refolved to defend Julia to the 
Jaft. Their apprehenfion, however, was 
foon diilipated by a trampling of horfe$, 
which found had occafioned his alarm, and 

• 

which now feemed to come from a court- 
yard above, extremely near the vault. He 
diftindly heard the voices of the banditti, 
together with the moans and fupplications 
of fome perfon, whom it was evident they 
were about to plunder. The found appear- 
ed fo very near, that Hippolitus was both 

(hocked 



( »27 ) 

ihocked and furprized ; and looking round 
the vault> he perceived a fmall grated win- 
dow placed very high in the wall, which he 
concluded overlooked the place where th^ 
robbers were alTembled. He recolle£led 
that his light might betray hioi ; and horri- 
ble as was the alternative^ he was compel- 
led to extingui(h it. He now attempted to 
climb to the grate, through wliicl]^ he might 
obtain a view of what was paffing without^ 
This at length he eSefted^ for the rugged- 
nefs of the wall afforded him a footing. 
He beheld in a ruinous court, which was 
partially illuminated by the glare of torches, 
a group of banditti furrounding two perfons 
who were bound on horfe-back, and who 
were fupplicating for mercy. 

One of the robbers exclaiming with an 
oath that this was a golden night, bade his 
comrades difpatch, adding be would go to 
find Paulo and the lady. 

The effefl; which the latter part of this 
fentence had upon the prifoners in the vault, 
may be more eafily imagined than defcribed. 
Ihey were now in total darknefs in this 

G 4 manfiou 



( "8 ) 

» 

inanfion of the murdered, withGnt meaiw 
of efcape, .and in momentary expeftation of 
fharing a fate fimilar to that of the wretch- 
ed objefts around them. Julia overcome 
with diftrcfs arid terror, funk on the ground j 
and Hippolttus defcending from the grate, 
became infenfible of his own danger in hi( 
apprehenfion for her. 

In a fhort time all without was confufion 
and uproar; the ruffian who had left the 
court returned with the alarm that the lady 
was fled, and that Paulo was murdered. 
The robbers quitting their booty to go in. 
fearch of the fugttirej^ and to difcover the 
murderer, dreadful vociferations refounded 
through every recefs of the pile. 

The tumult bad continued a coniiderable 
time, which the prifoners had pafFed in a 
flafe of horrible fufpenfe, when they heard 
the uproar ad:^ncing towards the vault, and 
foon after a-number of voices fliouted down 
the avenue. Ilie found of fteps quickened. 
Hippolitus agaiii drew his fword, and 
placed himfelf oppofite the entrance, where 
he had not flood long, when a violent pu(h 

wa9i' 



(129 .) 

was made againft the door ; it flew open, 
and a party of men rufhed Into the vault. 

Hippolitus kept his poiltion, protefting 
he would deftroy the firft who approached^ 
At the found of his voice they flopped ; but 
prefently advancing^ commanded him in the 
king^s name to furrender. He now dif- 
covered what his agitation had prevented' 
him from obferving fooner, that the men 
before him were not banditti, but the ofn-r 
cers of juftice. They had received informa- 
tion of this haunt of villany from the fon of 
a Sicilian nobleman, who had fallen intc 
the hands of the banditti, and had after*^ 
wards efcaped from their power. 

The officers came attended by a guard, 
and were eveiy way prepared to profecute a 
ftrenuous fearch through thefe horrible re- 
ceffes. 

Hippolitus inquired for Ferdinand, and' 
they all quitted the vault in fearch of him.. 
In the court, to which they now afcended, 
the greater part of the banditti were fecure4? 
by a number of the guard. Tl^ count ac- 
cufed the robbers <rf havinp*/ fccreted his 

friend,- 



*•» 



tf. 



friend, whoit^defcribed^ zd4 demanded to 
have liberated. 

With, one voice they denied the fad:, and 
were refolute in perfifting that they knew 
nothing of the perfon defcribed. This de« 
nial confirfned Hippolitus in his former ter* 
rible furmife, that the dying cavalier whom 
he had ieen, was no 6ther than I^erdinand, 
and he became furious. He bade the offi- 
cers profecute their fearch, who leaving a 
guard over the bandit d they had^fecured, 
followed him to the room where jthe late 
dreadful fcene had been a£ted« 

The room was dark and empty ; but the 
traces of bipod were Vifible (Hi the floor; 
s^nd Ju]ia> though ignorant of the particular 
^pprehenfion of Hippolitus, almofl fwooned 
at the fight. On quitting the room they 
wandered for fome time among the ruins, 
without difcovering any thing extraordinary, 
till, in pafling under the arch-way by which 
Hippolitus had firft entered the building, 
their footfleps returned a deep found, which 
convIHJg^^^hera that the ground beneath 

was hollow. "* O^ clofe examination, they 

V perceived 



J 



( ^3* ) 

perceived by the light of their torch, a trap 
door^ which with fome difSculty they lifted^ 
and difcovered beneath a narrow flight of 
fteps. They all defcended into a low wind- 
ing paflage, where they had not been long, 
when they heard a trampling of horfes above^ 
and a loud and fudden yproan 

The ofEcers apprehending that the ban^^ 
ditti had overcome the guard, ruihed back 
to the trap-door, which they had fcarcely 
lifted, when they heard a clafhing of fwords, 
and a confufion of unknown voices. Look- 
ing onward, they beheld through the arch« 
in an inner fort of court, a large party of 
banditti who were juft arrived, refcumg their 
comrades, and contending furioufly with 
the guard. 

On ohfervihg this, feveral of the officers 
fprang forward to the affiflance of 0St 
frieivds; and the refl, fubdued by cowar- 
dice, hurried down the fteps, letting the 
trap door fall after them with a thundering 
noif(?. They gave notice to HippolilpS of 
what waj} pafling above, who hurried fjjil^a^ 
along the paflage in fearch of fome oottiq^^ 

G 6 




"h 



'V> 






( ^3^ ) • 

er place of concealment. Tbey could find 
neither ; and-had not long purfued the wind-^ 
ings of the way, when they heard the trap- 
door lifted^ and the fteps of perfont de^ 
fcending. Defpair gave ftrength to Julia^ 
and winged her flight. But they were now 
ftopped by a door which clofed the pafl&ge> 
and' the found of diitant voices murmored 
along the walls. 

- The door was fattened by ftrong iron 
bolts, wbich Hippolitus vainly endeavoured 
to draw. The voices drew near». After 
much labour and difficulty the bolts^ yielded 
•—the door unclofed?— and light dawned 
upon them through the mouth of a cave, 
into which they now entered. On quitting 
the cave they found themfelves in the forefl^ 
and- in a fliort-dme reached the borders* 
"[l^y now ventured to ftop, and looking, 
back, perceived no perfon in purfuit* 



CBJiS' 



. ( m y 



CHAPTER :KIV. 



\XTHEN Jijlia was refted, they followed 
the track before them^ and in a (hort 
time arrived at a village where ^ they, obtain*^ 
ed fecurity and refrefliment- ^, 

But Julia,^ whofe mind was occupied with 
dreadful anxiety for Ferdinand,, became in«r 
different to all around her. Even the pre-^ 
fence of Hippolitus, which but lately would 
have raifed her from mifery to jpy, failed to 
foot he her diftrefs*. The fteady and nobld 
attachment of her brother had funk deep ia 
her heart, and refleftioa only aggravated 
her affli^iom Yet the bandittjt had (leadily 
perfifted in affirming that he was not coUr^ 
cealed in their receifes ;. and this circum« 
ftance, which threw a deeper fiiade over thp 
fears of Hippolitus, imparted aglisimering 
of hope to the mind of Julia. 

A more immediate' intereft at length , 3 
&rced her mind from thi& forrowful fubjedlr 

It 



^ 



( »34 ) 

It was neceflary to determine upon fome line 
of conduft, for ihe was now in an unknovi^n 
fpot, and ignoraat of any place of refuge. 
The count, who trembled at the dang^s 
which environed, her and at the probabilities 
he faw of her being torn from him for ever, 
fvifFered a confideration of them to over- 
come the dangerous delicacy which at this 
mournful pefiod required his filence. He 
entreated her to deftroy the poffibillty of 
reparation) by confenting to become his in:i- 
niediately. He urged that a prieft could be 
caf^ly procured from a neighbouring con- 
vent, who would confirm the bonds which 
had fo long united their hearts, and who 
would thus at once arrefl the deftiny that fo 
long had threatened his hopes. 

This propofal, though fimilar to the one 
file h^d before accepted ; and though the 
certain means of refcuing her from the fate 
fhe dreaded, fhe now turned from in forrow 
and dejedion. She loved Hippolitus with a 
fteady and tender afiedion, which was dill 
heightened by the gratitude he claimed as 
her deliverer ; but ihe confidered it a pro- 

z phaaatioQ 



phanaiion of the manory of that brother 
who had fuffered fo much for her fake, to 
mingle joy with the grief \rfiich her uncer* 
tainty concerning him occafioned. She fof-i 
tened her refufal with a tender grace, that 
quickly diflipated the jealous doubt ariiing 
in the mind of Hippolitus, and increafed 
the fond admiration <^f her chara£ter. 

She defired to retire for a tkne to fome 
obfcure convent, there to await the iffue of 
the event, which at prefent involved her ia 
perplexity and forrow*. 

HippoUtus fb^gled with his feelings, 
and forbore, to prefs farther the fuit on 
which his happinefs, and almofl: his exiil- 
ence, now depended. He inquired at the 
village for a neighbouring convent, and was 
told, that there was non^ within twelve 
leagues, but that near the town of Palini, 
at about that diftance were two. He pro* 
cured horfes ; and leaving the officers to re** 
turn* to Palermo for a ftronger guard, he, 
accompanied by Julia, entered on the road 
to Palini. 
Julia was filent and thoughtful \ Hippo« 

' litus 






( 140 ) 

made the endeavour hopelefs, and the 
attempt unfaccefsful. Having vrandered 
a confiderable time through the void, ihe 
gave up the effort, endeavoured to itTign 
herfelf to her fate, and to compofe her 
diftraded thoughts. The remembrance 
of her former wonderful efcape infpired 
her with confidence in the mercy of God# 
But Hippolitus and Ferdinaikl were now 
both loft to her — loft, perhaps for ever—* 
and the uncertainty of their fate gave force 
to fancy, and poignancy to forrow; 

Towards morning grief yielded to nature, 
and Julia funk to repofe. She was awaken* 
cd by the fun, whofe rays darting obliquely 
through the opening in the rock, threw a 
partial light acrofs the cavern. Her fenfes 
were yet bewildered by fleep, and (he ftarted 
in affright on beholding her fituation i as re- 
colleflion gradually ftole upon her mind^ 
her forrows returned, and ihe fick^ned at 
the fatal retrofped. 

She arofe, and renewed her fearch for an 
outlet. The light, imperfect as it was, 
now aflifted her, and flie found a door, 

which 



( 141 ) 

which (he perceived was not the one by 
which Ihe had entered. It was firmly fa£- 
tended ; ihe difcovered, however, the bolts 
and the lock that held it, and at length un« 
clofed the •doon It opened upon a dark 
paffage, which (he entered. 

She gro£ed along the winding walls 
for feme time, when (he perceived the 
way was obftrufted. She now difcovered 
that another door interrupted her progrefs, 
and fought for the bolts which might 
fallen it. Thefe (he found ; and ftrength- 
ened by defperation forced them back. 
The door opened, and ihe beheld in a fmall 
room, which received its feeble light from 
a window above, the pale and emaciated 
figure of a woman feated, with half clofed 
eyes, in a kind of elbow chair. On per- 
ceiving Julia, ihe ftartcd from her feat, and 
her countenance expr^flTed a wild furprize. 
Her features, which were worn by forrow, 
ftill retained the traces of beauty, and in her 
air was a mild dignity that excited in Julia 
'^ an involuntary veneration. 

She feemed as if about to fpeak, when 

fixing^ 



i 1 



( 142 ) 

fixing her eyes eamcftly and (leadily upon 
Julia, fhe flood for a moment in eager gaze, 
and fuddenly exclaiming, ** My daughter T* 
fainted away. 

The aftonifliment of Julia woAld fcarcely 
fuffer her to affift the lady, who lay fenfe- 
Icfs on the floor, A multitude of ftrange 
imperfeft ideas ruflied upon her mind, and 
flie was loft in perplexity; but as flie 
examined the features of the ftranger; 
which were now re-kindling into life, flie 
thought fhe difcovered the refemblance of 
Emilia ! 

The lady breathing a deep figh, un- 
clofed her eyes ; fhe raifed them to Ju- 
lia, who hung over her in fpeechlefs 
aftonifliment, and fixing them upon her 
with a tender earneft expreffion— they 
filled with tears. She prefTed Julia to- 
her heart, and a few moments of exquifite, 
unutterable emotion followed. When the 
lady became more Compofed, *' Thank 
heaven !" faid fhe, ** my prayer is gral&ted. 
I am permitted to .embrace one ^mj 
children before I die. Tell me what brought 

you 



( 143 ) 

you hither. Has the marquis at laft relent- 
ed, and allowed nie once more to behold' 
you, or has his death diiTolved my wretched 
bondage ?" 

Truth now glimmered upon the mind 
of Julia, but fo feintly, that inftead of 
enlightening, it ferved only to increafe her 
perplexity. 

*' Is the marquis Mazzini living ?" con- 
tinued the lady. Thefe words were not t& 
be doubted ; Julia threw herfelf at the feet 
of her mother, and embracing her knees in 
an energy of joy, anfwered only ill fobs. 

The marchionefs eagerly inquired after 
her children, " Emilia is living,*' anfwered 
Julia, *^ but my dear brother — ^^ ** Tell 
me,'* cried the marchionefs, with quicknefs* 
An explanation enfued. When (lie was 
informed concerning Ferdinand, fhe fighed 
deeply, and raifing her eyes to heaven, en- 
deavoured to affume a look of pious re- 
fignation; but the ftruggle of maternal feel- 
ing was vifible in her countenance, and 
a*moft overcame her powers of refiftance* 

Julia gave a fliort account of the pre- 
ceding 



'» 



( H4 ) 

ceding adventures, and of her entrance into 
the cavern ; and found to her inexpref&ble 
furprize, that (he was now in a fubterranean 
abode belonging to the fouthern buildings 
of the callle of Ma:^zini 1 The marchionefs 
was beginning her narrative, when a door 
was heard to unlock above^ and the fgund 
of a footftep followed* 

" Fly !'* cried the .marchionefs, *' fecrete 
yourfelf^f poffible, for the marquis is 
coming/^ Julia's heart funk at thefe words f 
fbe paufed not a moment, but retired through 
the doer by which flie had entered. This 
ihe had fcarcely done, when another door 
of the cell was unlocked, and (he heard 
the voice of her father. Its founds thrilled 
her with a univ^vfal tremour;. the dread of 
difcovery fo ftrongly operated upon her 
mind, that ftie flood in momentary expeSa- 
tion of feeing the door of the paflage un- 
clofed by the marquis} and (he was de- 
prived of all power of feeking refuge in the 
cavern. 

At length the marquis, who came wit!; 
food, quitted the cell, and relocked the 

door 



( '45 ) 

door, when Julia dole forth from her hid- 
ing place. The tnarchionefs again embraced 
and wept over her dau^^ten The narrative 
of her fuflferings upon wftich (he now ent^- 
ed, entirely diffipated the myftery which had 
fo long enveloped the fouthern buildings q£ 
the caftle. 

" Oh ! why," faid the marchionefs, " h 
it my tafk to difcover to my daughter the 
vices of her father ? In relating ipy fufiei:* 
ings, 1 reveal his crimes ! It is now about 
fiflteen years, as near as I can guefs from 
the fmall means I have of judging, fmce 
I entered this horrible abode. My forrows, 
alas ! began not here ; they commenced at 
an earlier period. But it is fufficient to 
obferve, that the paffion whence originated 
all my misfortunes, was difcovered by me 
long before I experienced its moll baleful 
effecls. 

" Seven years had elapfed fince my mar- 
riage, when the charms of Maria de Vel- 
^ttHio, a young lady Angularly beautiful, 
■^nfpired the marquis with a paffion as vio*- 
lent as it was irregular, I obferved with 

roL. lu H deep 



\ 



A 



7^ 



(•146 ) 

ckep and filent anguifli, the cruel indif- 
ference of my lord towards me, and the n- 
pid progrefs of his pailioa for another. I 
feverdy examined my paft ccmdo^t, which 
I am rhankfol to fay prefented a retrofpeft 
of oiily blamelefs actions \ and I endeavour- 
ed by meek fubmif&on^ and tender a£dui- 
ties, to recall that affedion which iwas, alas 1 
gone for ever. My meek fdbmiffion \vas 
confidered as t-be mark of a fervUe and in- 
fen(ible miod ; and my tender aifiduities, 
to "which his heart no loxag^ refpfltnded, 
created only difguft, and exalted the prQud 
fpirit it was meant to <3ondliate« 

** The feci^t grief ^hich this change oc- 
. <:a{ipned, eonfimied my fpirits, and preyed 
upon my confiitution, till at length a fevere 
illnefs threatened my life« I beheld the ap- 
proach of death with a fteady eye, and even 
welcomed it as the pafiport to tranquUlity \ 
but it was deftined that I fiiould linger 
through new fcenes of mifery. 

*' One day, which it appears was the pa- 
/. x^ roxy fm of my diforder, I funk intd^ flate 
of total torpidity, in ^Mcb I lay for Several 

hours. 






1 




( H7 ) 

hours. It is im]ioinble to defcribe my 
feelings, when, cm recovering, I found my. 
felf in this hideous abode. For fome time 
I doubted my fenfes, amd afterwards believ- 
ed that I had quitted this world for another ; 
but I was not long fuffered to continue in 
my error, the appearance of the marquis 
bringing me to a perfeO: fenfe of my fitua* 
tion. 

'^ I now underdood that I had been con* 
veyed by his direftion to this recefs of hor- 
ror, where it was his will I (hould remain. 
My prayers, my fupplications were ineffec- 
tual ; the hardnefs of his heart repelled my 
forrows back upon my felf ; . and as no en- 
treaties could prevail upon him to inform 
me where I was, or of his reafon for pla- 
cing me here, I remained for many years ig- 
norant of my vicinity to the caftle, and of 
the motive for my confinement. 

" From that fatal day, until very lately, - 
I faw the marquis no more — but was attend- 
ed by a perfon who had been for fome years 
depenfient upon his bounty, and whom ne* 
ceffity, united to an infenfible heart, had 

H fl , , doubt-, 

. ■ ', .-Aft. 



■>■ 



( '48 ) 

doubtlefs induced to accept this ofEce. He 
generally brought me a week's provifions, 
9t dated intervals, and I remarked that his 
vlfits were always in the night. 

*' Contrary to my expeftation, or my wiih, 
nature did that for me which medicine bad 
refufed, and I recovered as if to punifh 
with difapointment and anxiety my cruel 
tyrant. I afterwards learned, that in obe- 
dience to the marquis's order, I had been 
carried to this fpot by Vincent during the 
night, and that 1 had been buried in effigy 
at a neighbouring church, with all the 
pomp of funeral honour due to ray rank." 

At the name of Vincent, Julia ftarted ; 
the doubt^I words he had uftered on his 
death-bed were now explained-^the cloud 
of myftery which had fo long involved the 
fouthern buildings broke at once away : 
and each particular circumftance that liad 
excited her former terror, arofe to her view 
entirely unveiled by the words of the mar- 
chionefs. — ^1 he long and total deferrion of 
this part of the fabric-r— the light that had 
appeared through the caferoent — the figuie 

{he 



f 149 ) 

Ihe had feen iffue from the towei- — ^the i 
night noifes flie had heard — were circum- ■ 
fiances evidently dependent on the imprifon- 
ment of the marchionefs ; the latter of which 
incidents were produced either by Vincent, 
or the marquis, in their attendance upon 
her. 

When {he confidered the long and dread" 
fill fufferings of- her mother, and that (hs- 
had for many years lived fo near her igno- 
rant of her mifery^ and even of her exitlsnce- 
— flfe was loft in adonifhment and pity. 

** My daysr^* continued the marchionefs, 
" paffed in a dead uniformity, more dread- 
ful than the moft acute viciffitudes of mif- 
fortune, and which would certainly have 
fabdued my reafon, had not thofe firm prin- 
ciples of religious faith, which I imbibed in 
early youth, enabled me to withftand the 
ftill, but forceful preffure of my calamity. 

** The infenfible heart of Vincent at 
length began to foften to my misfortunes. 
He brought me feveral articles of conifdrtj 
of which i had hitherto been deftitute, and 
anfwered fome queftions I put to him cOflv, 
H 3 cerniHg 



ling my family. To releafe me from 

Riy prefent iituatiop, howerer his inclina- 
tion might befriend me, was not to be ex- 
pecled, fince his life would have paid the 
forfeiture of what would be termed his 
duly, 

" 1 now 6rft difcoTcred my Tidmty 
to the caflle. I learned alfo, that the mar- 
quis had married Maria de Vellonu^ with 
whom he bad refided at Nsj^si, but that 
my daughters were left at Mazziiu. Thii 
hR. intelligence awakened in my heart the 
throbs of watm maternal tecdemefs, and 
on my knees I fuppticated to fee them. So 
eameftly I entreated, and fo folemnly I pro* 
niifed to return quietly to my [uifon, that 
at length, prudence yielded to pity, and 
Vincent confented to my reqaeft. 

•* On the following day he came to the 
cell, and informed me my children were 
going into the woods, and that I might fee 
them from a window near which they would 
paft. 1 My nerves thrilled at thefe words, , 
and I could fcarceiy fupport myfelf to the I 
, fpQj I fo eagerly fought. He led me through 
* long I 



< »5» ) 

long and intricate paffages, as I guelTed by 
the frequent turnings, for my eyes were 
bound till I reached a hall of the fouth 
buildings. I followed to a room above, 
where the full light of day once more burfl; 
upon my iigbt, and almoft overpowered 
me. Vincent placed me by a window, 
which looked towards the woods* Ohl 
what momeuts of painful impatience were 
tholb in which I waited your arrival I 

V^ At length you appeared. 1 faw you—* 
Ifaw my children— and was neither per. 
mitted to clafp them to, my heart, or to 
fpeak 10 them ! You wm leaning on the 
arm of your 0fter> and your countenances 
fpoke the fprightly, happy innocence of 
youth.— Alas! you knew not the wretched 
fate of your mother, who then gazed upon 
.you! Although you were at too great a 
diftance for my weak voice to reach you^ 
with the utmoft difficulty I avoided throw- 
ing open the window, and endeavouring 
to difcover myfelf. The remembrance of 
my folemn promife, and that the life of 
Vincent would be facrificed by the a^^ 

H 4 alone 



( '5* ) 

alone retrained me. I ftruggled for fotne 
time with emotions too powerful for my na- 
• ture, and fainted away. 

" On recovering I called wildly for my 
children, and went to the window — ^but 
you were gone ! Not all the entreaties of 
Vincent could for fome time remove me 
Irom this ftation, where I waited in the 
f^und expeflation of feeing you again—, 
but you appeared no more ! At laft I 
returned to my cell in an ecftacy of grief 
which I tremble even to remember. 

** This interview, fo eagerly fought, and 
fo reluctantly granted, proved a fpurce of 
new mifery— inftead of calming, it agitated 
my mind with a rcftlefs, wild defpair, which 
bore away my ftrongeft powers of refiftance. 
I raved inceffantly of my children, and 
incefTantly folicited to fee them again — 
Vincent, however, had found but too much 
caufe to repent of his firft indulgence, to 
grant me a fecond. 

" About this time a circumftance occur- 
red which promifed me a fpeedy rcleafe 
irom calamity. Above a week elapfed, and 

Vincent 



( }5i ) 

Vincent did not appear. My little (Iocs 
of provifion was exhaufted, and I had been 
two days without food, when I again heard 
the doors that led to my prifon creek on 
their hinges. An unknown ftep approached , 
and in a few minutes ihe marquis entered 
my cell 1^ My blood was chilled at the fight, 
and I clofed my eyes as I hoped for the 
laft time. The found of his voice recalled 
' me« His countenance was dark and fuU 
len, and I perceived that he trembled. He 
informed me that Vincent was no more, 
and that hencefor^^ard his office he fliould 
take upon himfelf. I forbore to reproach 
— where reproach would only have pro- 
duced new fufferings, and with-held fuppli- 
cation where it would have exafperated coa- 
fcience and inflamed revenge. My know- 
ledge of the marquis's fecond marriage I 
concealed. 

** He ufually attended me when night 
might bed conceal his vifits ; though thefc 
were irregular in their return. Lately^ 
from what motive I cannot guefs, he has 

H 5 ceafed 



< 'i^' 



( «S4 ) 

ceafed his no&ornal vifits, tad cotdes onljf 
ia the day. 

^^ Once when midnight increafed the dark* 

nefs of my prifon, and feemed to render 

filence even more awful, touched by the 

iacred horrors of the hour, I poured forth 

my diftrefs in loud lamentation* Oh ! never 

can . I fopget what 1 felt, when I heard a 

diftant voice anfwer to my moan ! A wild 

furprize, which was ftrangely mingled with 

hope, feized me, and in my firft emotion I 

ihould hav^ anfwered the call, had not a 

recoUeftion croffed me, which dcftroyed ai 

once every half-raifed fenfation of joy. 1 

remembered the d*-eadful vengeance which 

the marquis had fworn to execute upon me, 

if I ever, by any means, endeavoured to 

make known the place of my concealmentj 

and though life had long been a burthen 

to me, I dared not to incur the ' certainty 

of being murdered. I alfo well knew that 

no perfon who might difcover my fituatioR 

could tfftSt my enlargement ; for I had no 

relations to deliver me by force, and the 

marquis 



( ^55 ) 

marquis you know, has not only power to 
imprtfon, but alfo the right of life zxtdi 
death in his own domains. L therefore 
forbore to anfwer the caU» though I coukl 
not entirely reprefs my lamentation. I long 
perplexed myfelf with endeavouring to ai> 
count for (his (Irange circumftance^ and 
am to this moment ignorant of its caufe." ~ 

Julia remembering that Ferdinand had 
been confined in a dungeon of the caftle, 
it inflantly occurred to her that his prifon, 
and that of the marchionefs, were not far 
diftant; and ihe fcrupled not to believe 
that it was his voice which her mother had 
heard. She was right in this belief, and it 
was indeed the marchienefs wbofe groans 
had formerly caufed Ferdinand fo much 
alarm, both in the maible hall of the fouth 
buildings, and in his dungeon. 

When Julia communicated her opi« 
nion. and the marcbionefs believed that 
ihe had heard the voice of her fon — her 
emotion was extreme, and it was feme 
time before ihe could refume her narration. 

H 6 *^ A fhort 



" A fhort time fince," continued the 
marChionefs, ^^ the marquis, brought me a 
fortnight's provifion, and told me that I 
ihould probably fee him no more till the expi- 
ration of that term. His abfence at this period 
you have explained in your account of the 
tranfaiftions at the abbey of St. Auguftm. 
How can lever fufficiently acknowledge the 
obligations I owe to my dear and invaluable 
Iriend Madam de Menon! Oh! that it might 
Jbe permitted me to teftify my gratitude.'* 

Julia attended to the narrative of her 
mother in filent aftonifliment, and gave 
air the fympathy which forrow could de- 
mand. " Surely/* cried fee, " the pro- 
vidence on whom you have fo firmly relied, 
.and whofe inflidions you haVe fupported 
with a fortitude fo noble, has conduced 
me through a labyrinth of misfortunes to 
this fpot, for the pwrpofe of delivering you 1 
Oh ! let us haften to fly this horrid abode 
— let us feek to efcape through the cavern 
by which 1 entered." 

She paufed in earneft expeflatioD, 

7 awaiting 



( ^S7 ) 

awaiting a reply. ** Whither can I fly ?** 
faid the marchionefs, deeply fighing. This 
queftioD, fpoken with the emphafis of de- 
fpair^ affefted Julia to tears, and fhe was 
for a wh'le filent. 

*' The marquis/* refumed Julia, ", would 
not know where to feek you, ^r if he 
found you beyond his own domains, would 
^fear to claim you. A convent may afford 
for the prefeht a fafe afylum ; and whatever 
fliall h?ippen, furely no fate you may here* 
after encounter can be more dreadful than 
the one you now experience/' 

The marchionefs affented to the truth 
of this, yet her broken fpirits, the effeft of 
long forrow and confinement, made her 
hefitate how to aft ; and there was a kind' 
of placid defpair in her look, which too 
faithfully depidcd her feelings. It was ob- 
vious to Julia that the cavern fhe had paffed 
. wound beneath the range of mountains on 
whofe oppofite fide flood the caftle of Maz- 
zini. The hills thus rifing formed a fcreen 
which muft entirely conceal their emergence 
. from the mouth of the cave^ and their flight^ 

from 



( »58 ) 

from thofe in the caftle. She reprefented 
thefe circumftances to her mother, and 
urged them fo forcibly, that the lethargy of 
dcfpair yielded to hope, and the marchio* 
nefs committed herfelf to the condudt of 
her daughter. 

" Oh ! let me lead you to light and life !" 
cried Julia with warm enthufiafm. ** Surely 
heaven can^ blefs me with no greater good 
than by making me the deliverer of my mo- 
ther.** They both knelt down; and the 
marchionefs with that affefting eloquence 
which true piety infpires, and with that con- 
fidence which had fupported her through fo 
many miferies, committed herfelf to the pro- 
tedtion of God, and implored his favour on 
their attempt. 

They arofe, 'but as they converfed farther 
on their plan, Julia recoUefted that fhe was 
deftitute of money — the banditti having 
robbed her of all ! The fudden fhock pro- 
duced by this remembrance almoft fubdued 
her fpirits j never till this moment had flic 
underjflood the value of money. But flie 
commanded her feelings, and refolved. to 

conceal 



( «59 ) 

conceal this drcumftanc from the marchio« 
nefs, preferring the chance of any evil they 
might encounter from without, to the cer* 
tain mifery of this terrible imprifonment. 

Having taken what provifion the marquis 
bad.brought^ they quitted the cell, and en« 
tered upon the dark paflage, along which 
they pafled with cautious fteps. Julia cam6 
fir ft to the door of the cavern, but who can 
paint her diftrefs when (he found it was faC* 
tened ! All her efforts to open it were ine& 
feSual— The door which had clofed after 
her, was held by a fpring lock, and could 
be opened on this fide only with a key* 
When flie underftood this circumftance the 
marchionefs, with a placid refignation which 
feemed to exalt her above humanity, ad« 
dreffed herfelf again to heaven, and turned 
back to her cell. Here Julia indulged with- 
out referve, and without fcruple, the excefs 
of her grief. The marchionefs wept over 
her. « Not for myfelf,*' faid (he, " do I 
grieve, — ^I have too long been inured to mif- 
fortune to fmk under its preiTure. This dif- 
appomtment is intriniically, perhaps little-^ 

for 



if 



( i6q ) 

for I had no certain refuge from calamity—- ^ 
and had It even been otherwife, a few years 
only of fuffering would have been fpared 
me* It is for you, Julia, who fo much la- 
ment my fate ; and who, in being thus de- 
livered to the power of your father, are fa* 
Cfificed to the Duke de Luovo— tl}at my 
heart fvvells.*' 

Julia could make no reply, but by pref- 
fing to her lips the hand which was held 
forth to her, fhe faw all the wretchednefs of 
her fituation; and her fearful uncertainty 
concerning Hippolitus and Ferdinand, form- 
ed no inferior part of her affliSion, 

** If,*' refumed the marchionefs, ** you 
prefer imprifonment with your mother, to a 
marriage with the duke, you may ftill fecret 
your felt in the paflage we have juft quit- 
ted, and partake of the provifion which is 
brought me/^ 

" O ! talk not, madam, of a marriage 
wiih the duke,'* faid Julia ; " furely any 
fate is preferable to that* But when I con- 
fider that in remaining here, I aoi condemn^ 
ed only to the fuflferrngs which my mother 

has 




C i6i ) 

has fo long endured, and that this confine* 
ment will enable me to foften, by tender 
fympathy, the afperity of her misfortunes, 
1 ought to lubmit to my prefent fituation 
with complacency, even did a marriage with 
the duke appear lefs hateful to me.*^ 

** Excellent girl!*' exclaimed th< 
chionefsi clafping Julia to her bofom ; ** the 
fufferings you lament are almofl: repaid by 
this proof of your goodaefs and affe£tiou i 
Alas ! that I ^(hould have been fo long de- 
prived of fuch a daughter !*' 

Julia now endeavoured to imitate the for- 
titude of her mother, and tenderly conceaU 
ed her anxiety for Ferdinand and Hippoli« 
jtus, the idea of whom inceflantly haunted 
her imagination. When the marquis 
brought food to the cell^ fhe retired to the 
avenue leading to the cavern, and efcaped 
difcoveryt 



CHAP- 



( i6a ) 



CHAPTER XV. 



^T^HE marquis^ meanwhile, \vhoie indefii* 
* tigablc fearch after Julia failed of fuc; 
cefs» vas fiacceffively the flave of alcer^ 
nate palCoaa) ax>d he poured forth tha 
fpleen of difitppomtment on hit unhappy 
domeftics* 

The marchionefr^ who may now' moft 
properly be called Maria de Vdfemoy in- 
flamed, by artful iiifiniiatiom, the pafliojw 
already irritated, and heightened with crod 
triumph his rditotaaaA towards Julia and 
Madame de Menon. She jeprefented, what 
bis feelings too acutely acknowledgedy^-^at 
by the obftinate difobedience of the firft, 
and the machinations of the lad, a prieft 
had been enabled to arreft his authority as a 
father — to infult the facred honour of his 
nobility«---and to overturn at cmce his proud- 
eft fchemes of power and ambition. She 
declared it her opinion, that the Abate was 

acquainted 






( Ifij ) 

aequainted with the place of Julia's pre^ 
lent retreat, and upbraided the marquis 
With want of fpirit in thus fubmitting to be 
outwitted by a priefl, and forbearing aa 
appeal to the pope» whofe authority would 
compel the Abate to reftore Julia. 

This reproach ftung the very foul of the 
marquis; he felt all its force^ and was at 
the fame time confcious of his inability to 
obviate it The effeft of his crimes now 
fell m fevere puntfhment upon his owa 
head. The threat^ed fiscret, which was 
no other than the imprifonment of the nuir- 
chtonefs^ arrefted his arm of yengeatfcce, and 
compelled him to fubmit to infult and dif* 

# 

appcni^ment. But the reproach of Maria 
funk deep in his mind ; it fomented his 
pride into reikHibied fory, and he now 
repelled with difdain the idea of fabmiffioii. 

He revolved the means which might eSed^ 
his purpofe — ^he faw but o^e— this was the 
death of the marchionefs. 

The commiffion of one crime often re* 
qmres the perpetration of another. When 
once we enter on the labyrinth of vice, we 

^ can 






( 1^4 ) 

can fcldom return, but are led on through 
correfpondent mazes to deftruftion. To ob-. 
viate the efFeft of his firft crime, it was now 
neceffary the marquis (hould commit a fe- 
cond, and conceal the imprifontnent • of 
the marchionefs by her murder. Himfelf 
the only living, witnefs of her exiftence, 
"when (he was removed, the allegations of 
the Padre Abate would by this means be 
nnfiipported by any proof, and ht might 
then boldly appeal to the pope for therello- 
ration of his child* . 

He mufed upon this fcheme, and tlie 
more he accuftomed his mind to cbntein-. 
plate it, the lefs fcrupulous he became. The 
crime from which he would formerly have 
flirunk, he now furveyed with a fteady eye. 
The fury of his pafEons, unaccuftomed to 
refiftance, uniting with the force of what 
ambition termed necefEty— -urged him to 
the deed, and he determined upotfthe mur- 
der of his wife. The means of eflPeding his 
purpofe were eafy and various; but as. he 
was not yet fo entirely hardened as to be 
able to view her dying pangs, and embrue 

his 




his own hands in her blood, he cbofe to 
difpatch her by means of poifon, which he 
refolved to mingle in her food. . 

But a new affliftion was preparing for 
the marquis, which attacked him where 
he was moft vulnerable ; and the veil which 
had fo long overfliadowed his reafon was 
now. to be removed. He was informed by 
Baptilla of the infidelity of Maria de Vel- 
lorno. In the firft emotion of paffion, he 
fpurned the informer from his prefencc, 
and difdained to believe the circumftance. 
A little refleftion changed the objed of his 
refentment ; he recalled the fervant, whofe 
faithfulnefs he had no reafon to diftruft, and 
condefcended to interrogate him on the fub- 
je<fb of his misfortune. 

He learned that an intimacy had for 
fome time fubfifted between Maria and 
the cavalier de Vincini; and that the af- 
fignation was ufually held at the pavilion 
on the fea ftiore, in an evening. Baptifla 
farther declared, that if the marquis defired 
a confirmation of his words, he might obtain 
^it by vifiting this fpotat the hour mentioned. 

This 






< i66 ) 

This information lighted up the wildeft 
paifions of his natiire ; bis former fufferings 
failed away before the ftronger influence 
of die prefent misfortune, and it feemed as 
if he had never tailed mifery till now. To 
fufped the wife upon whom he doated with 
romantic fondnefs, on whom he had center- 
<^all his firmefl: hopes of happineft, and for 
whofe fake he had committed the crime 
which embittered even his prdfent moment^ 
and which would involve him in ftill deeper 
guilt— to find h^r ungrateful to his love, 
and a traitorefs to his honour— -produced a 
mifery more poignant than any his imagi- 
nation had conceived. He was torn by con- 
tending paffions, and oppofite refolutions : 
•—now he refolved to expiate her guilt with 
her blood—and now he melted in all the 
foftn^fs of love. Vengeance and honour 
bade him flrike to the heart which had be- 
trayed him, and urged hira inftantly to the 
deed~wbcn the idea of her beauty— her 
winning fmiles — her fond endearments ftole 
upon his fancy, and fubdued his heart ; he 
alraoft wept at the ide» of iftjuring . h4r, 

and 







( 167 ) 

and in fpite of appearances ptonouaced her 
faithful. The fucceeding moment plunged 
him again in uncertainty ; his tortures ac<> 
quired new vigour from ceifation, vod 
agaki he experienced all the phrenzy of 
defpair. He was now refolded to end his 
doubts by repairing to the pavilion ; tot 
again his hieart wavered in iri^iution bow 
to proceed (hould his fears be confirmed, 
ti the mean time he determined to watch the 
behaviour of Maria with fevere vigilanc-e. 

They met, at dinner, and he obferved h^r 
clofely, but difcovered not the fmalleft iiii- 
propriety in her condudt. Her fmiles and 
her beauty again wound their fafcinations 
round his heart, and in the excefs of their 
influence he was almoft tempted to repair 
the injury which his late fufpicions had done 
her, by confeffing them at her feet. . The 
appearance of the cavalier de Vincini, how- 
ever, renewed his fufpicions } his heart 
throbbed wildly, and with reftlefs impati- 
ence he watched ihe return of evening, 
which would remove his fufpenfe. 

Night at length came. He repaired to 

the 






; '^ . , ; . \ -^i-. .. 



( 168 ) 

the pavilion, and fecreted himfelf among 
the trees that embowered it. Many minutes 
had not paifed, when he heard a found of 
low whifpering voices fteal from among the 
trees, and footfteps approaching dowa the 
alley. He flood almoft petrified with ter- 
rible' fenfations, arid prefently heard fome 
perfons enter (he pavilion. The marquis 
now emerged from his hiding place ; a faint 
light iffued from the building. He ftole to 
the window, and beheld within, "Maria and 
the cavalier de Vincini. Fired at the fight, he 
drew his fword, and fprang forward. ITie 
found of his ftep alarmed the cavalier, who, 
on perceiving the marquis, ruflied by him 
from th^pavilion, and difappeared among the 
woods. The marquis purfued, but could 
not overtake him ; and he returned to the 
pavilion with an intention of plunging his 
fword in the heart of Maria, when he dif- 
covered her fenfelefs on the ground. Pity 
now fufpended his vengeance ; he paufed 
in agonizing gaze upon her, and returned 
his fword into the fcabbard. 
- She revived, but on obferving the mar- 
quis, f 



/ 



*: 



( i6g ) 

quis, fcreamed and relapfed. He haftened 
to the caftle for afliftance, inventing, td 
conceal his difgrace, fome pretence for her 
fudden ilinefs, and (he was conveyed to her 
chamber. 

The marquis was now not fuffered to 
doubt her infidelity, but the paflion which 
her condud: abufed, her faithleiTnefs could 
not fubdue ; he flill doated with abfurd 
fondnefs, and even regretted that uncertain- 
ty could no longer flatter him with hope. 
It feemed as if his defire of her afFeftiori 
increafed with his knowledge of the lofs of 
it ; and the very circumftance which fhould 
have roufed his averfion, by a ftrange per- 
verfity of difpofition, appeared to heighten 
his paflion, and to make him think it im- 
po£Sble he could exifl: without her. 

When the firil. energy of his indigna* 
tionwas fubfided, he determined,' therefore, 
to reprove and to punifli, but hereafter to 
refliore her to favour* ^ 

In this refolution he went to her apart- 
ment, and reprehended her falfehood in 
terms of juflr indignation. 
^'^ VOJL '- I Mwa 



( 170 ) 

Maria de Vellomo, in whom the late dif- 
coveiy had roufed refentment, inftead o{ 
awakening penitence ; and exarperated 
pride without exciting (hame^— ^heard the 
upbraidings of the marquis with impatiencei 
and replied to them with acrimonious vio 
lence. 

She boldly aiTerted her innocence, and 
inftantly invented a ftory, the plaofibility 
of which might have deceived a man who 
had evidence lefs certain than his fenfes to 
contradict it. She behaved with a baugh- 
tineis the moft infolent ; and when (he per- f 
ceived that the marquis was no longer to be 
mifled, and that her violence failed to ac- 
complifh its purpofe, ihe had recourfe to 
tears and fupplications. But the artifice 
was too glaring to fucceed ; and the mar- 
quis quitted her apartment in an agony of 
refentment. 

Hig former iafcinations, however, quick* 
ly returned, and again held him in fuf* 
penlion between love and Tengeance* That 
the vehemence of bis paifion, however, 
might not want an objed, he ordered Bap- 

> lifta 

t 

1 






< 171 ) 

tifta to dlfcovor the retreat of the cavalier r 
de Vincini, on whom he mmit to reveoge 
kh ioft •'honour. Shame forbade him to 
employ others in the fearch* 

This difcov^ry fufpended for a while the 
operations of the fatal fcheme^ which had 
before employed the thoughts of the mar- 
quis ; but it had only fufpended-*-*not de« 
ftroyed them. The late occurrence had 
annihilated his domellic bappihefs ; but his 
.pride now rofe to r^fcue him from defpair, 
and he centered all his future hopes upon 
ambition. In a jnoment of cool fefledion, 
he cbldiiderei that he had derived neither 
happinefs or content from the purfuit of 
diffipated pleafures, to which he had hither* 
to facrificed every oppofing confideration^ 
He refolved^ therefore^ to abandon the gay 
fchemes of diilipation which had formerly 
allured him, and dedicate himfelf entirely 
to ambitbn, in the purfoits and delights dF 
which he hoped to bury all his cares. Ht 
therefore became more earned than ever 
for the marriage of Julia with the duke de 

X a Luovo, 



'\ , '^. ?■ 



( 17* ) 

Luovo, through whofe means he defigncd 
to involve himfelf in the interefts of the ftate, 
and determined to recover her at whatever 
confequence. He refolved without further 
delay to appeal to the pope ; but to do this 
with fafety, it was neceffary that the mar- 
chionefs fliould die j and he returJied there- 
fore to the consideration and execution of 
his diabolical ptirpofe. 

He mingled a poifonous drug widi the 
food he defigned for her ; and when night 
arrived, carried it to the cell. As he unb- 
locked the door, his hand trembled ; and 
when he prefented the food, anfl^'tooked 
confcioufly for the lad time upon the 
marcKionefs, who received it with humble 
thankfulnefs, his heart ailmoft relented. His 
countenance, over which was diffufed the 
palenefs of death, exprefled the fecret move- 
ments of his foul, and he gazed upon her \pitfa 
eyesof fti&ned horron Alarmed by his looks, 
ihe fell upon her knees to fupplicate his pity. 

Her attitude recalled hts bewildered 
fenfes ; and eadeavourbg to afiume a tran- 
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quil afped, he bade her rife, and mdaotly 
quitted the cell, fearful of the infUbility of ' 
his purpofe. His mind was not yet fuf- 
ficiently hardened by guilt to repel the 
arrows of confcience, and his imagination 
refponded to her power. As he palTed 
through the long dreary paflages from the 
prifon, folemn and myfterious founds feemed 
to fpeak in every murmur of the blaft which. 
crept .along their windings, and he often 
itarted and looked back. 

He reached his chamber, and having (hut 
the door, furveyed the room in fearful. (ex- 
amination. Ideal forms flitted before his 
fancy, and for the firft time in his lih he 
feared to be alone. Shame only with-held 
him from calling Bi^tiOia. The gloom of 
the hour, and the death-like filence that 
prevailed, aflliled the horrors of his imagi- 
nation. He half repented of the deed, yet 
deemed it now too late to obviate it ; and 
he threw himfelf on his- bed in terrible 
emotion. His heac 
fudden faintnefs over 



( »74 ) 

and at length arofe to ring for affiftance^ but 
found himfeif unable to ftand« 

In a few moments be was fomewhat 
revived, and rang his bell ; but before any 
perfon appeared, he was feused with terrible 
pains, and daggering to his bed, funk fenfe- 
lefs upon it. Here Baptifta, who was the 
£r(t perfon that entered his room, found 
him ftruggling, feemingly in the agonies 
of death. The whole caftle was immediitely 
roufed, and the confufion may be more 
eafily imagined than defcribed. Emilia, 
amid the general alarm, came to her father's 
room, but the fight of him overcame her, 
sind (he was carried from his prefence. By 
the help of proper applications the marquis 
recovered his fenfes, and his pains had a 
fhort ceflation. 

'^ I am dying,'^ faid he, in a faultering 
accent ; *' fend inllantly for the marchionefs 
and my fon/* 

Ferdinand in efcaping from the hands of 
the banctitti, it was now feen had fallen^ 
into the power of his father; He had been 

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lince confined in an apartment of the caftle, 
and was now liberated to obey the fummons* 
The countenance of the marquis exhibited as 
ghafliy image; Ferdinand, when he drew 
near the bed, faddenly (hrunk back, over« 
come with horror. The marquis now 
beckeaed fais attendants to quit the room^ 
and they were preparing to obey, when a 
violent noife was heard from without ; at- 
mod in the fame inflant the door of the 
apartment was thrown open, and the fervanti 
who had been fent for th^ marchionefs, 
ruihed in* His k)ok alon^ declared the 
horror of his mind Jior words he had none 
to utter* He flared wildly, and pointed to 
the gallery he had quitted. Ferdinand^ 
feized vith new terror, ruflied the way he 
pointed to the apartment of the marchionefs^ 
A fpedacle of horror prefented itfelf. Maria 
lay on a couch lifelefs, and bathed in blood. 
A poignard, the inftrument of her deflruc* 
tion, was on the floor; '^nd^it appeared 
from a letter which was found on the cotileh 

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befide her, that fhe had died by her o^'^it 

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band. The paper contained thele wo«is : 

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To THE Marquis de Mazzini. 

« YOUR words have ilabbed my heart, 
** No power on earth could reftore the 

peace you have deftroyed. I will efcape 

from my torture. When you read this, 
•* I ihall be no more. But the triumph 
** ihall no longer be your's-- «the draught 
** you have drank was given by the hand of 
** the injured " Maria de Mazzini/* 

It now appeared that the marquis was 
poifoned by the vengeance of the woman for 
whom he had^refigned his confcience. The 
conflemation and diftrefs of Ferdinan d can- 
not eafily be conceived : he haftened back 
to his faiher^s chamber, but determined to 
conceal the dreadful cataftrophe of Maria de 
Vellqrno. This precaution, however, was 
ifelefs ; for the fervants, in the conilernation 
of terror, had revealed it, and the marquis 
had fainted. 

Returning pains recalled his fenfes, and the 
agonies he fufiered were too fhocking for the 
beholders. Medical endeavours were ap- 
plied, but the poifon was too powerful for an- 
tidote. The marquis's pains at length fub- 

fided; 



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fided ; the poifoa had exhaufted moft of its 
rage, and be became tolerably eafy. Ha 
\eaved his hand for the attendants to leavQ 
the room ; ' and beckoning to Ferdinand,, 
whofe fenfes were almoft ftunned by this ac- 
cumulation of horror, bade him fit down 
befide him. " The hand of death is now 
upon me," faid he ; ** I would employ thefe 
iaft moments in revealing a deed, which is 
more dreadful to me than all the bodily 
agonies I fuflfer. It will be fome relief to 
me to difcover it.** Ferdinand* grafped the 
hand of the marquis in fpeechlefs terror. 
" The retribution of heaven is upon me,** 
refumed the marquis. '' My punifhment is 
the immediate confequence of my guilt. 
Heaven has made that woman the inftru- ^ 
ment of its juftice^ whom I made the inftru^ 

ment of my crimes ; that woman, for 

whofe fake I forgot confcience, and braved 
vice — ^for whom I imprifoned an innocent 
wife, and afterwards muriei:ed her.'* 

At thefe words every nerve of FerdifRCfri|S< 
thrilled ; he let go the marquis*s hand, and "^ 
darted back. *• Look not fo fiercely on i 



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me,** faid the marquis, in 'a hollow roice; 
^ your eyes ftrike death to my foul ; my 
confcience needs not this adt^tional pang */' 
*-^^ My mother !" exclaimed Ferdinand*^ 
•* my mother I Speak, tell me**—" I have 
no breath,** faid the marquis. " Oh !— 
Take thefe keyii— -the fouth tower^-^the trap** 
door.—" Tis poffibk— Oh !— ** 

The marquis made a fudden fpring up- 
ivards, and fell iifelefs on the bed.. The ai> 
tendants were called in, but he was^ gone for 
ever. His iaft words ftruck with the force 
of lightning upon the mind of Ferdinand ^ 
they feemed to fay, that his mother might 
yet exift. He took the keys, and ordering 
fome of the fervants to follow, haftened to 
the fouthem building ; he proceeded to the 
tower, and the trap-door beneath the ftair- 
cafe was lifted. They all defcended into a 
dark paffage, which- conduced them through 
ieverial intricacies to the door of the cell. 
Ferdinand, in trembling horrH}Ie expefba- 
/-^ioitj^ applied the key ; the door opened^ and 
he entered ; but what was his furprife when 
he found no perfon in the celU He conclude 



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( »79 ) 

ed that he had m'fta;ken the place, and 
quitted it for further fearob; but, having 
followed the windings of the paffage, by 
which he entered, without difcovering any 
other door, he returned to a more esad: ex« 
amination of the cell. He now obferved the 
door which led to the cavern, and he enter, 
ed upon the avenue, but no perfon was 
found there, and no voice anfwered to his 
call. Having reached the door of the ca^ 
vem, which was faftened, he returned loft 
in grief, and meditating upon the laft wordnt 
of the marquis. He now thought that he 
had niiftaken their import, and that the word& 
" 'tis poffible," were not meant to apply to- 
the life of the marchionefs. He concluded,, 
that the murder had been committed at a 
diftant period; and he refolved, therefore^ 
to have the ground of the cell dug up, and 
the remains' of* his mother fought for. 

When the firft violence of the emotions 
excited by the late fcenes was fubfided, he 
inquired concerning Maria de Vellomo. 

It appeared that on the day preceding thin 
horrid tranfadlon, the marquis. had paiTed; 

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fome hviurs in her apartment; that they 
were heard in loud difpute ;«-— that the paifion 
of the marquis grew high; — ^that he up- 
braided her with her pad condud, and 
threatened her with a formal reparation. 
When the marquis quitted her, fhe was 
heard walking quick through the room, in 
a paflion of tears ; fhe often fuddenly . (top- 
ped in vehement but incoherent exclama* 
tion; and at laft threw herfelf on the floor, 
and was for fome time entirely (lilU Here 
her woman found her, upon whofe entrance 
Ihe arofe haftily, and reproved her for ap- 
pearing uncalled After this ihe remained 
filent and fuUem 

She defcended to fupper, where the mar- 
quis met her alone at table* Little was faid 
during the repaft, at the conclufion of which 
the fervants were difniiffed ; and it was be- 
lieved that during the interval between fup- 
per, and the hour of repofe, Maiia de Vel- 
lorno contrived to mingle poifon with the 
wine jof the marquis. How Q)e had pro* 
cured this poifon^ was never difcovered. 

She re&ed early to her chamber^ and 

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her woman obferving that Ihe appeared 

much agitated, inquired if fhe was ill ? To 

this (he returned a fhort anfwer in the nega- 

tive, and her woman was foon afterwards 

difmifled. But fhe had hardly fhut the door 

of the room, when Ihe heard her lady's 

voice recalling her. She returned^ and re- 

ceived*fome trifling order, and obferved that 

Maria looked uncommonly pale ; there was 

befides, a wildnefs in her eyes which fright* 

ened her, but (he did not dare to aik any 

qneflions. She again quitted the room, and 

had only reached the extremity of the gal- 

lery, when her miftrefs's bell rang. She 

haftened back, Maria inquired if the mar^- 

quis was gone to bed, and if all was quiet } 

Being anfwered in the afErmatiTe, ihe repli« 

ed, " This is a ftill hour and a dark one !— 

Good night V' 

Her woman having once more left the'' 
xoom, flopped at the door to liflen ; but all 
within remaining filent, fhe retired to reft# 

li is probable that Maria perpetrated the 
fatal ad foon after the difmiffion of her wo- 
man \ for when ihe was found two hours af* 

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( i»« ) V,.' 

terwards^ ihe appeared to have been deatd 
fome time. On examination a wound was 
difcovered on her left fide, which had 
doabtlefs penetrated to the heart, from the 
fuddennefs of her death, and from the effo- 
fton of blood which had followed. 

Thefe terrible events fo deeply aSeded 
Emilia, that ftie was confined to her bed by 
a dangerous illnefs. Ferdinand ftruggled 
againft the fhock with manly fortitude. Bat 
amid all the tumult of the prefent fcenes, 
his uncertainty concerning Julia, whom he 
had left in the hands of banditti, and whom 
vjievhad been with-held from feeking or ref- 
ecting, formed perha[^ the moil affeding 
part of his dillrefs. 

The late marquis de.Mazzini, and Maria 
de Vellorno, were int^red with the honour 
due to their rank in the church of the con- 
'vent of St. Nicok). ' Their lives exhibited a 
boundlefs indulgence of violent and luxurit- 
ous pafTions, and their deaths marked the 
coQ&qiiewes of fuch indulgence, and held 
forth '^ niankind a fmgular inftance of Di* 

^^ CHAP- 











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CHAPTER XVI» 



TN turning up tl^ groi»n<l b( the cell, It 
was difcovered that it communicated with 
the dungeon in which Ferdinand had beeo 
confined, and where he had heard thofe 
groans which occafioned him fo much 
terror. 

The (lory which the marquis formerly re#» 

lated to bis foa concerning the fouthern 

buildings, it was now evident was fabricated 

for the purpofe of concealing the imprifoui- 

ment of the marchioneis» In the choice of 

his fubjeft, he certainly difcovered ibme art ; 

for the circumftance related was calculated,. 

by imprefSng terror, to prevent farther in?- 

quiry into the receiies of tbefe buildings*. It 

ierved alfo to explain by fuper^natural evi« 

deuce the caufe of tho& founds, and of that 

appearance which had been there obferved^ 

but which were in reality occafio9%^ only by 

the marquis.. 







( i84 ) 

The event of the examination in the cell 
threw Ferdinand into new perplexity. The 
marquis had confeflfed that he poifoned his 
wife— yet her remains were not to be found 5 
and the place which he fignified to be that 
of her confinement, bore no veftige of her 
having been there. There appeared no -way 
by which Ihe could have efcaped from her 
prifonj for both the door which opened 
upon the cell, and that which terminated the 
avenue beyond, were fattened when tried by 
Ferdinand. 

But the young marquis bad no time for 
tifelefs fpeculation— ferious duties called 
upon hinx. He believed that Julia was ftill 
in the power of banditti ; and on the con- 
clufion of his father's funeral^ he fet for- 
ward himfelf to Palermo to give information 
of the abode of the robbers^ and to repair 
with the officers of juftice, accompanied by 
a party of his own people, to the refcue of 
his fifter. On his arrival at Palermo he was 
informed that a banditti, whofe retreat had 
been among the ruii^s of a monaftery, fitH«- 
ated in the forefl: of Maremino> was already 

difcover^d ; 



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( i85 ) 

difcovered; that their abode had been 
fearched, and themfelves fecured for exam« 
pies of public juftice — but that no captive 
lady had been found amongft them. This 
latter intelligence excited in Ferdinand a very 
ferious diftrefs, and he was wholly unable to 
conjedure her fate. He obtained leave^ 
however, to interrogate thofe of the robbers, 
who were imprifoned at Palermo, but could 
draw from th^m no fatisfa£tory or certain 
information. 

At length he quitted Palermo lor the 
foreft of Marentino, thinking it poilible that 
Julia might be heard of in its ^ighbour- 
hood. -He travelled on in melancholy and 
dejedion, and evening overtook him long 
before he reached the place of his dedina^ 
tion. The night came on heavily in clouds^ 
and a violent ftorm of wind and rain arofe« 
The road lay through a wild and rocky 
country, and Ferdinand could obtain no 
fhelter. His attendants offered him their 
cloaks, but he refufed to expofe a fervant to 
the hardfhip , he would not himfelf endure* 
He travelled for fome miles in a heav]| rain ; 

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and the vrin4^ whicb^ howled mournfullf 
among the rcfks^ andl,(Whofe folemn paufes 
were filled by the dmant roarings of the 
fea, heightened the d^folation of the fcene* 
At length he difcemed amid the darknefs 
from a-far, a red light waving m t&e wind : 
it varied with the l^laft, but never totally 
difappeared. He pirfhed his^horfe into a 
gallop, and made towards it* 

The fiame continued to dired^his courfe ; 
and on a nearer approach^ he pflpceived^ by 
the red reflexion of its fires^ ftreamlng a 
Jong radiance upon the waters beoeath— a 
light-honfe fitmsed vpaa a pcsttt #f rock 
which over-hung the fea. He knod^d ic^ 
admittance, and the door was opened by an 
old man, who bade him welcome* 

Within appeared a checj^ul blazing fire^ 
round which were feated feveral padcmf 
who feemed ^e \m£e\S to have fought fliel- 
ter from the tempeft of tjie night. The 
fight of the fire cheered him, and he ad. 
vanced towards it, when a fudden fcream 
feized his attentbn ; the company rofe op 
il^ confufion, and in the fame inftant Ue dif- 

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( i87 ) 

covered Julia and Hippolltus^ . The joy of 
that moment is not to be defcribed, but^his 
attention was quickly called off from his 
owa fituation to that of a lady, who during 
th^ general tranfport had fainted* His fea- 
fatio^ti^bp learning ihe was his mother caa 
only be concdved* 

She revived. " My fon!" faid Ihe, in a 
languid voice, as £be prefled Imn to her 
heart. fMftreat God, I am recompenfedi 
Surely thi0aoment may repay a life of mi- 
fery i'* He^could only receive her careffes in 
filence ; but the fudden tears which ftarted 
in bis eyes, fpoke a language too expreilke 
to be mifunderftood« 

When the firft e motion of the fcene was 
palled, }uHa mquired by what means Fer-^ 
dinand had come to this fpot* He anfwer- 
ed her generally, and avoided for the pre« 
fiatt trntenag upon the aSedIng fubjed: of 
the late events at the caitle of Mazsmi. 
Julia related the hiftory of her adventures 
fmce (he parted with her brother. In her 
narration, it appeared that Hippolitus, who 
uv^was^aken by the duke dc Luovo^ at the 






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mouth of the cave, had afterwards efcaped, 
and returned to the cavern in fcarch of Julia* 
The low recefs in the rock, through which 
Julia had paffed, he perceived by the light 
of his flambeau. He penetrated to the 
ravern beyond, and from thence to the 
prifon •of the marchionels. No colour of 
language can paint the fcene which follow- 
ed ; it is fufficient to fay that the whole 
party agreed to quit the cell at the return of 
night. But this being a night on which it 
was known the marquis would viiit the 
prifon, they agreed to defer their departure 
till after his appearance, and thus elude the 
danger to be expe£led from an early diJ& 
covery of the efcape of the" marchionels. 

At the found of footfteps above. Hip* 
politus and Julia had fecreted diemfdves in 
the avenue ; and immediately on the mar« 
quis's departure they all repaired to the ca« 
vern, leaving m the hurry of their ffight 
untouched the poifonous food he hadi 
brought. Having efcaped from thenfee they 
* proceeded to a neighbouring village^herc 
borfes were procured to carry them to &rds 

PalA?</ 

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after time had fomewhat mellowed the re« 
membrance of the late calamity, the Dupr 
lials of Hippolitus and Julia were celebrated* 
Hie recoUe£lion of the difEculties they had 
encountered^ and of the dlftrefs they had 
endured for each other, now ferved only to 
heighten by contrafl: the happinefs of the 
prefent period. 

Ferdinand foon after accepted a command 
in the Neapolitan army $ and amidft the 
many heroes of that warlike and turbulent 
age, difttnguifhed himfelf for his valour and 
ability. The occupation of war engaged 
his mind, while his heart was folicitous in 
promoting the happinefs of his family. 

Madame de Maion, whofe generous zu 
tachment to the marcbbnefs had been fully 
proved, found* in the rsAoration of her 
friend a living witnefs of her marriage, and 
thus recovered thofe eftates which had been 
unjuHly with-held from her. But the mar« 
chionefs and her family, grateful to her 
friendihip, and attached to her virtues, pre* 
vailed upon her to fpend the remainder of 
ber life at the palace of Mazzini* 'y 

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Emilia, wholly attached to her family, 
Continued to relide with the marchicn^s, 
vho faw her race renewed in the children 
of Hippolitus and Julia. vThus furrounded 
by her children and friends, and engaged 
in forming the minds of the infant genera- 
tion^ (he feemed to forget that flie had ever 
been otherwife than happy. 



Here the manufcript annals conclude. 
In reviewing this ftory, we perceive a lin- 
gular and ftriking inftance of moral retribu- 
tion.. We learn alfo, thiat thofe who do 
only THAT WHICH IS RIGHT^ en- 
dure nothing in misfortune but a trial of 
their virtue, and from trials well endured, 
derive the fureft claim to the protection of 
heaveiu 



F I K I S. 



^. 'iStwIam and Freftcm., 
v^rinter»«Str«et. Londun. 



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